2023-01-02

ICERD Initial Report of Taiwan Issued

Taiwan's first-ever report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“ICERD”) marks a milestone in Taiwan's human rights development. The report assesses the effectiveness of the government's measures to promote equality for ethnic minorities; including indigenous, Hakka, Mongolian, and Tibetan peoples, as well as new immigrants and migrant workers.

ICERD, one of nine major conventions that make up the UN's core human rights covenants, is the only treaty that Taiwan fully adopted after Taiwan left the international body in 1971. As a ratified and promulgated treaty, it has the force of domestic law, which the government is duty-bound to implement. In 2020, the Cabinet finalized plans to implement the ICERD and tasked the Ministry of the Interior with executing measures and reporting progress every 3 years. The interior ministry then consulted multiple government departments and 34 non-governmental organizations in the evaluation process. The report assesses the government's compliance with the convention by evaluating legislation, institutions, policies, and education efforts.

As international observers are planning to conduct an evaluation of Taiwan's compliance with the covenant in 2024, the report marks the milestone that Taiwan continually strives to comply with international norms and takes pride in promoting the human rights covenants of its own volition.
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