Nick Aspinwall
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Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei and a contributing writer for The News Lens. He has also written for The Diplomat and News Deeply. An avid traveler, he has visited more than 35 countries and continues to explore the world whenever he can.
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2018/08/17 | Nick Aspinwall
US Defense Act Angers China, Reaffirms Status Quo for Taiwan
The Taiwan provisions in the annual United States defense act change little, but there may be substance beneath the symbolism which further deepens US-Taiwan military ties.
2018/07/25 | Nick Aspinwall
Fishery Protests Kick Off Human Trafficking Prevention Conference
A Taiwanese vessel docked in South Africa recently became the first to ever be detained under a new UN convention preventing labor abuse at sea. In Taipei, advocates are fed up.
2018/07/24 | Nick Aspinwall
Ignored in Duterte's SONA, Mindanao's Lumads Vow to Defend Ancestral Lands
Ignored by President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address, Mindanao's Lumads continue to feel victimized by martial law, extrajudicial killings, and forced displacement, but will not stop defending their ancestral lands.
2018/07/14 | Nick Aspinwall
Sculpture Honoring Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo Unveiled in Taipei
One year after his death in captivity, the Nobel laureate and prominent Chinese dissident was commemorated in a small gathering near Taipei 101.
2018/07/11 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan Spared Major Damage by Typhoon Maria
Labeled a Category 5 storm as recently as yesterday, Typhoon Maria weakened and turned north, relieving Taiwan of any major harm.
2018/06/30 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan's New Southbound Push Risks Duterte Drug War Complicity
A Filipino fugitive awaits deportation in Taipei on drug charges, illustrating how the Tsai administration's New Southbound Policy’s fails to consider human rights.
2018/06/01 | Nick Aspinwall
Abused by Employer, an Indonesian Fisherman Appeals to Taiwan's Parliament
An Indonesian fisherman complained of being given the cold shoulder by the local labor office despite several complaints of abuse.
2018/05/29 | Nick Aspinwall
How Taiwan’s Seafood Sector Can Steer Toward Ethical Labor Standards
Simple measures can make a world of difference to the lives of thousands of workers aboard Taiwan's deep-sea fishing fleet.
2018/05/28 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan Seafood Trader FCF Faces Financial Pressure on Links to Rights Abuses
The market could force reluctant Taiwanese seafood traders to address concerns over complicity in human rights abuses.
2018/05/24 | Nick Aspinwall
Welcome to Taiwan: Beatings, Bodies Dumped at Sea and a Culture of Maritime Abuse
Amid the release of a Greenpeace report chronicling cases of physical abuse and financial exploitation of migrant workers in Taiwan’s fishing industry, The News Lens reveals the commonplace practice of dumping bodies of deceased migrant fishermen at sea.
2018/05/21 | Nick Aspinwall
Stabbed Indonesian Fisherman Thrown Overboard Taiwanese Ship Remains Missing
The incident highlights problems aboard Taiwan's distant water fishing vessels, which NGOs say operate in an unregulated, lawless environment.
2018/05/04 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan Protests Ignite Calls for Centralized Labor, Fire Safety Regulations
In the aftermath of Saturday’s Chin Poon fire, workers’ rights and firefighter’s groups are demanding a streamlined approach to safety at industrial sites – and are calling on Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor to step up.
2018/04/27 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan Labor Ministry's Brokerage Evaluation Sparks Concern
The labor agency's yearly assessment of migrant worker broker firms is underway, but a recent protest has renewed sentiments that the brokerage system is unethical by design.
2018/04/04 | Nick Aspinwall
Can Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau Reform the Timber Supply Chain?
New initiatives such as a proposed DNA database to identify illegally harvested wood show promise, but questions remain as to whether the government is doing enough at the point of sale.
2018/04/03 | Nick Aspinwall
Lost at Sea? Taiwanese Fishery Regulation Faces Continued Scrutiny
As Taiwan’s fishing industry awaits a critical EU decision, nonprofits and NGOs call for assistance for migrant workers and improvements in deep sea regulation.
2018/03/12 | Nick Aspinwall
Dancing to Break the Chain: Taiwan’s Foreign Caregivers Protest Sexual Abuse, Labor Standards
Migrant domestic workers gathered in Taipei Main Station on Sunday afternoon to fight for recognition under the Labor Standards Act, the abolition of the brokerage system, and an end to sexual harassment
2018/02/03 | Nick Aspinwall
Contraband for Sale: How Poachers Supply Sanyi's Thriving Wood Art Market
In this Miaoli County woodcarving mecca, there’s a consistent demand for sculptures made from the wood of endangered trees. Government crackdowns on poachers have only fueled the market.