Once again, the international pariah and anomaly that is
Year after year,
When SARS struck, the country received no help from the international community. When the threat of avian flu loomed (and still is looming), nobody invited
This year the theme of the campaign is based on human rights. No where else in Asia has been able to secure great advances in human rights than
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A piece I wrote back in 2000:
When the inhabitants of [Taiwan] were rocked out of their sleep late September last year, they woke to find their home destroyed by a deadly earthquake. Tears and blood have since dried, but most painful of all was the inability of a world body, which prides itself to protect all men, women and children, to respond to a humanitarian crisis. As 2,500 victims lay underneath the rubble, longing for that glimmer of hope, the world looked on. Those 2,500 people died.
Where was the United Nations, when a task which obviously required her assistance was at hand? Her members were nowhere to be seen, for they ‘busied’ themselves with empty discussions on whether to help a non-member nation! It is difficult to imagine, but here is the shock that 23 million world citizens can be shunned into the shadows of non-existence, on the grounds of politics. The words of “freedom, justice and equality for all” ring hollow inside the UN headquarters. Those are mere myths, kept barely alive through the constant reiteration of a holy mantra, yet killed by the very people who promise to protect them.
’s exclusion from the ‘world’ body is in direct violation of its principles and international law. For half a century, Taiwanese have anticipated the right to self-determination, guaranteed to them by the world body after the Second World War. Today, they still await a dream yet to be realised, in the process, bearing the full brunt of threats and manipulations from countries who contend to swallow her. How can it be that Taiwan , with a population and territory larger than two-thirds of UN members, is not entitled to exist as an equal actor on the world stage? How can a free democracy with a prosperous economy be treated like an international pariah? Have the Taiwanese committed a crime so criminal that they be barred from freedom for life? No. They only seek to coexist peacefully and share their wealth and intelligence with the world, in order to tackle the torrents of tension and trouble, confronting all of us tomorrow. That is too much to ask for. Taiwan
There are states utterly insignificant, but they are part of the UN. There are states utterly repressive, but they are part of the UN. There states which blatantly violate international principles, but they are part of the UN.
is none of the above, yet she is not part of the UN. International politics is bizarre and twisted, dominated by those who are right, because they have might. Millions of voices calling for fair treatment cannot possibly overwhelm the useless debates held at social gatherings of world leaders, who shamefully claim to embody universal rights and dignities. Taiwan
“All states are equal, yet some more so than others…”