Chen Ju, President of the Control Yuan and Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, led a delegation to visit France. On the 5th, he was invited by the Senate to meet with Vice Speaker Li Cha.

The picture shows Chen Ju meeting with the visiting delegation of Alain Richard last year.

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[Central News Agency] Chen Ju, president of the Supervisory Yuan and chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, led a delegation to visit France. On the 5th, he was invited by the Senate to meet with Vice Speaker Li Cha.

Chen Ju said that choosing France as the first stop of her visit is of great significance; Li Cha pointed out that Taiwan must support democracy and human rights.

Chen Ju, members of the National Human Rights Commission Tian Qiujin, Ye Dahua, Su Liqiong, executive secretary Su Ruihui, consultant Chen Junhong and others visited the Senate hall, library and parliamentary hall under the guidance of Wu Zhizhong, the representative in France, and the Senate International Exchange Commissioner, and then met with the deputy speaker Alain Richard, chairman of the Taiwan Friendship Group.

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During the one-hour meeting, Chen Ju first thanked France and parliamentarians for their support for Taiwan, especially when Taiwan was threatened by China, she led several delegations to visit Taiwan, and proposed a resolution to support Taiwan to participate in international organizations, which won a rare 304 votes in history Passed without objection.

Richard, who has been in politics for 50 years as a member of the ruling party, replied that he believes he can represent President Emmanuel Macron and the government to express support for Taiwan's determination to defend freedom and democracy.

The two exchanged views on the struggles of human rights in Taiwan and France.

Li Cha said that France has transformed the Declaration of Human Rights into law, and the process of institutionalization and legalization has gone through hundreds of years in France. Today, human rights are protected at all levels and keep pace with the times. Not only legislation protects personal digital data, but also "public debates" National Committee" (CNDP), which guarantees citizens' right to participate in and question policies such as land development.

Chen Ju mentioned that Taiwan and the European Union have cooperated on gender equality issues since 2019. Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage and is committed to ensuring gender equality. The proportion of female members of Congress is as high as nearly 44%.

Therefore, we hope to further cooperate with France, which is also an Indo-Pacific country, so that Taiwan can play a role and become a promotion center among Southeast Asian countries that are sensitive to gender equality issues.

Li Cha told Chen Ju that democracy and human rights are Taiwan's soft power. Taiwan has gone from authoritarianism to democracy in just a few decades, and it has become a model of human rights and has influence on issues.

He pointed out that France is aware that Taiwan is being threatened by China and its democracy is being challenged, so it looks forward to cooperating with Taiwan on issues of democracy and human rights, such as equal pay for equal work for men and women, and is also willing to help facilitate the visit of the French cabinet for gender equality.

Li Cha said in an interview with the Central News Agency that the reason for supporting Taiwan is simple, that is "humanity". He also called Taiwan the "Republic of Taiwan".

"We must support an independent and free life as the Republic of Taiwan chooses to be a democracy, a peaceful democracy, and seeks to cooperate with the international community," he said. "We have seen worrying and threatening behavior from Beijing that affects not only Taiwan The right to live also has destabilizing effects on other powers in what we call the Indo-Pacific.”

He believes that this is the obligation and commitment of France. France is also a member of the Indo-Pacific. As a peaceful power, it should do something to protect the rights of others.

This is the first visit of the National Human Rights Commission since its establishment in 2020. In addition to the official invitation of the French Institute in Taiwan and the French League for Human Rights, it is of great significance to choose France as the first stop.

Chen Ju told the Central News Agency that after 23 years of promotion, a National Human Rights Commission in line with the "Paris Principles" was established under President Tsai Ing-wen.

The full name of the "Paris Principles" is the "Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights", adopted by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights after the Paris Conference in 1991.

Last year, Chen Ju met with members of the French Friendship Taiwan Group in Taiwan. They also said that the committee and France, the birthplace of the "Declaration of Human Rights" and upholding the value of human rights, have a lot of room for cooperation and mutual efforts.

In November this year, the French Institute in Taiwan and Expertise France, appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, selected human rights experts to help Taiwan integrate with international human rights, including dialogue with non-governmental organizations in various countries, and the exchange of international human rights values ​​is also a committee Work points.

During this visit, Chen Ju will continue to meet with government agencies such as the Paris City Government and the Institut de France, and will also visit non-governmental organizations. On the 10th World Human Rights Day, she will be invited by the Association Formose en France, an organization of overseas Chinese in France. Participated in the "Human Rights Formosa: Chen Ju and the History of Taiwan's Human Rights Struggle".