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Some progress on the indigenous hunting case in Taiwan

Scott Simon
Chelsea, Québec, Canada

Dec 23, 2015 — Some progress has been made on Wang Guang-lu’s case. Most importantly, Prosecutor-General Yen Da-Ho has agreed to file an extraordinary appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of Wang Guang-Lu. This has happened because of the protests in Taiwan, but also because of the support of people like us who sign petitions! We hope to get more signatures in order to promote indigenous hunting rights in Taiwan, so please pass the petition link to some friends and fellow travelers.

The Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada (THRAC) sent a letter to President Ma Ying-jeou. This letter is available on the THRAC website: http://thracanada.blogspot.ca/.

Here is the response from the President’s office :
Date: December 22, 2015
To Rev. Michael Stainton
Email: thracanada@gmail.com

Dear Rev. Stainton:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your December 16, 2015 email to President Ma Ying-jeou requesting that Mr. Wang Guang-lu’s case be given a full review, and urging our Executive Yuan to propose a law to provide more human rights protection for our indigenous peoples.

We appreciate your concerns over Mr. Wang’s case and our indigenous peoples’ human rights. As you might have noticed, our Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) has filed an extraordinary appeal with the Supreme Court through the Legal Aid Foundation here to demand that Mr. Wang’s sentence be suspended, and that the Court should rule based on the constitutionality of the statues. At the same time, the Legal Aid Foundation has also applied for constitutional interpretation from the Grand Justices about Mr. Wang’s case. Please be assured that our CIP has and will make the greatest possible effort to help Mr. Wang given the need to respect judicial independence.

To convey your concerns, we have forwarded a copy of your email to our Executive Yuan (Cabinet) for their reference. Again, we thank you for your input and wish you the best of everything.

Sincerely,
Yu Hsin-ming
Director-General
The First Bureau

Thank you, Michael -- and Merry Christmas to Everybody!


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