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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2018/10/05 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwanese Fishing Vessels Fined, Suspended for Work Abuse, Shark Finning
Taiwan has acted to fine the owner and captain of a vessel involved in various labor abuses – and allegedly shark finning as well – though the punishments are unlikely to be viewed as much of a deterrent for others in the industry.
2018/09/26 | Nick Aspinwall
INTERVIEW: The Inside Story on How Spain Bowed to China's Threats on Academic Freedom
The China-forced cancellation of a Taiwan cultural event at Spain's University of Salamanca raises concerns over the terms of China's engagement with international universities.
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.