The President and Members of the sixth Control Yuan (CY) were inaugurated on 1 August 2020, with Vice President Lai Ching-te presiding. The same day, the grand opening of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was presided over by President Tsai Ing-wen, along with NHRC Chair Chen Chu, former CY President Chang Po-ya, and Member Upay Radiw Kanasaw. The establishment of the NHRC marks a milestone in Taiwan’s human rights development.
President of the sixth CY Chen Chu said in her inauguration address that the task over the following six years will be for the CY to be in line with the modern democratic spirit, keep pace with the times, and establish stronger dialogue with society. The sixth CY will also perfect the duties and systems of the NHRC, promoting respect for and compliance with social rights and fundamental freedoms.
Chen, also chair of the first NHRC, said in her opening address that human rights work should be independent, diverse, and efficient. It should ensure social fairness and justice in the future, serve as a voice for disadvantaged groups, and monitor Taiwan’s human rights in a systematic and comprehensive manner. The NHRC should also provide consultation on human rights, conduct inspections, receive complaints, offer training, investigate discrimination and human rights infringements, promote human rights education, and develop indicators to assess whether government policies are in line with human rights standards. In addition, it should raise awareness of human rights and mechanisms for the protection thereof among government agencies at all levels, aligning Taiwan with international human rights norms and standards.
Chair Chen also mentioned at the post-ceremony press conference that she has walked the path of human rights development for fifty years and, as CY President and NHRC Chair, she has returned to the passion that brought her into politics to begin with. She hopes for a future where Taiwan residents sympathize and collaborate with each other, a society without fear or oppression, and a free and fair society where residents of Taiwan can live with respect and confidence.
Source: Control Yuan (CY), Taiwan