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Remarks by Minister without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng at the 2018 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking

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lo-ping-cheng Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I am honored to be here to attend a remarkable event with
The representatives and ambassadors to Taiwan
Legislators Ms. Wu and Ms. Li
Members of government institutions and non-governmental organizations
Scholars, experts, and representatives of organizations against human trafficking
Vice President Chen
Minister Hsu
Deputy Minister Tsai
And ministerial representativesAs the convener of the Cabinet-level Anti-TIP Task Force, I am honored to give my opening remarks at the 2018 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking.Human right indicators are those important things of the civilized country, and good or bad human right protection is a crucial factor in whether this country is suitable for living. As we all know, human trafficking is a crime that seriously violates human rights. Therefore, a country’s achievements in preventing human trafficking is an important indicator of its ability to protect human rights.Taiwan held a 5-day third National Report on the Review Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in mid-July. Ms. Shin, Korean Chairperson of the Review Committee, has been in Taiwan for 3 times, remarked that Taiwan’s review system is more thorough than that of the United Nations, allowing 8 hours of discussion between the reviewing organization and the government, and 4 hours for Taiwan’s NGOs, both longer than UN standards, and with 453 attendees from governmental sectors, 121 from NGOs and 73 recommendations were submitted. Also, some other National Reports were issued, like those of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Convention on the Rights of the Child, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Though Taiwan is not a member of the UN, we still adhere to international standards when it comes to events and review conferences regarding human rights.The Consultation I just mentioned was held at this venue too. This Consultation on human right affairs is closely related to the 2018 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking held today by the Ministry of the Interior. The key point is International. No matter how excellent works we have just done, there must be something insufficient. We need the dialogue and cooperation with international community, by means of periodic National Report, or workshop like today, especially regarding the problems of drug and human trafficking just mentioned by Minister Hsu. That shows the importance of one of 4p prevention strategies-Partnership.Human trafficking is not just the issue of human right, but also the issue of humanity. Everybody, especially the vulnerable group, deserves better life. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I attended The Taiwan EU Human Right Consultation on March, which is the first important human right event held in Taiwan. Ms. Madeleine here also attended that Consultation. European side concerned the rights of offshore fishery workers. The Executive Yuan’s Promotion Group for Human Rights also concerns this issue, so does the Presidential Office’s Human Rights Advisory Committee chaired by Vice President Chen. We have related Act for Distant Water Fisheries and its sub-law available, the point is how to implement them thoroughly. As the convener of the Cabinet-level Anti-TIP Task Force, I will closely watch out the progress.This Workshop will provide the experts, scholars, and representatives an opportunity for ample discussion, exchanging of experiences, and obtaining the latest information on preventing human trafficking, especially the offshore fishery workers. The Fishery Agency will present a speech with the topic: A new era for preventing foreign crew members from being exploited starts in Taiwan. Please give us some suggestions after the speech in order to make improvements.Lastly, I would like to express my greatest thanks and utmost respect to our friends and partners in preventing human trafficking and the protection of victims. I wish the International Workshop every success. Thank you.