#Human Rights
To the global people

The National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) approved a draft of the "Anti-Separation Law" in December 2004 and will submit it to the NPC for further deliberation and passage in March, 2005. The enactment of such a law deeply concerns Taiwan, an independent and sovereign nation comprised of 23 million people.

The "Anti-Separation Law" will provide unification with the PRC as the sole option for cross-Strait relations. The law outlines what Beijing considers acts and consequences of Taiwan independence, and further promotes its "one country, two systems" stance in strict conformity with its so-called "one China" policy. At worse, the law would, in effect, legalize war against Taiwan in the eyes of Beijing.

Passage of the "Anti-Separation Law" would change the status quo unilaterally and result in serious consequences for peace and stability in the region. It ignores the political reality that Taiwan and the PRC are two independent and equal entities and disregards the desire of the Taiwan people to determine their own future. In December 2004, for example, the Mainland Affairs Council conducted a survey to Taiwan people in which 83% or respondents polled expressed opposition to the enactment of the "Anti-Separation Law."

The passage of such a law would quickly destroy what little trust there is in Beijing and erode cross-Strait relations further.

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the PRC's "Anti-Separation Law" which Beijing seeks to pass in order to "legalize" an attack against Taiwan, a democratic, independent and sovereign nation comprised of 23 million people.

The people of Taiwan have clearly expressed their desire for peace across the Taiwan Strait. However, they reject Beijing's "one country, two systems" and its "One China" policy as it violates Taiwan's sovereignty.

Passage of the "Anti-Separation Law" violates international law. Furthermore, it will unilaterally change the status quo, erode cross-Strait relations, and endanger peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region.

Therefore, we respectfully request all concerned to oppose the PRC's 'Anti-Separation Law." We support Taiwan's status as a free and sovereign nation, and the desire of the Taiwan people to maintain peace and security across the Taiwan Strait and throughout the region.

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The Say No to China's 'Anti-Separation Law' petition to To the global people was written by Chin-Ho Liao and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.