Petition Tag - taiwan

1. Stand Up for Sharks and Boycott Jason's Market Place

Shark finning is a brutal practice. A shark is caught, pulled onboard a boat, its fins are cut off, and the still-living shark is tossed back overboard to drown or bleed to death.

The wasteful, inhumane practice is done to satisfy a demand for shark fins, which can fetch as much as $300 per pound. The meat, on the other hand, is far less valuable, so fishermen toss it overboard to save space for more fins.

Not only is it an intensely wasteful and harmful practice, it's also essentially pointless since shark fins have no nutritional or medicinal value. And they're practically flavorless. Yet, finning continues, to the point that these animals so vital to the ecological balance of our oceans are about to be wiped out completely

What's so great about shark fin soup? Really, nothing. They have no nutritional value and are practically tasteless. When it comes to shark fin soup, all the flavor comes from the broth. The fins are added just for texture and novelty. The shark fin is merely a status symbol and a mark of tradition. Still, shark fin soup is part of Asian culture, particularly in China and Taiwan, as a meal eaten during celebrations among the wealthy. But with their economies rapidly growing, more people can afford to buy this symbol of a luxurious life and the demand for shark fins is increasing. Unfortunately, it is increasing in conjunction with a serious decrease in shark populations globally.

Finning is responsible for the death of between 88 million to 100 million sharks every year. Exact numbers are unknown because the practice is illegal in many places and hauls aren't accurately counted.
Because sharks are at the top of the food chain and have few predators, they reproduce and mature slowly. That means their numbers are slow to replenish when a population is overfished. At the rate humans are going, we're set to wipe out sharks entirely in as little as 10-20 years.

Sharks are an apex predator. Apex predators are invaluable for keeping the populations of everything else in the food chain in balance. The oceans depend on them to keep the numbers of other fish and mammal species in check and weed out the sick, injured and dying so that populations of fish stay strong and healthy. Without sharks -- from bottom feeders all the way up to Great Whites -- the balance of the ocean's food chain is in danger.

This is not just a guessing game, either. We've already seen the impact a loss of sharks can have on an ecosystem. According to Shark Savers, a scientific study conducted in the mid-Atlantic part of the United States showed that when 11 species of sharks were nearly eliminated, 12 of the 14 species those sharks once fed on became so plentiful that they damaged the ecosystem, including wiping out the species farther down the food chain on which they preyed. The negative effects trickle out as the ecosystem gets thrown out of balance.

2. In Support of Taiwan!

Amend the errors of the Map textbook indicating Taiwan as a Chinese territory!

The current international Map textbook (Teikoku Shoin・Tokyo Shoseki) used by 1.2 million Japanese junior high school students incorrectly describes that Japan returned Taiwan to China in 1945 therefore Taiwan is a territory of the People’s Republic of China.

Surprisingly, this textbook was qualified for an official approval of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

Describing Taiwan as Chinese territory is a political propaganda of China to justify the Chinese invasion into Taiwan. How could Japan “renounce” sovereignty over Taiwan by San Francisco Peace treaty concluded in 1951, IF Japan had has “returned” Taiwan to China in 1945?

These descriptions are clearly false since they do not agree to the opinion of the Japanese government and also to the reality that Taiwan is not under the rule of the People’s Republic of China.

3. Remove Missiles Pointed At Taiwan 移除所有的導彈對準台灣

Since the exiled Republic of China entered Taiwan in 1949, relations with the People's Republic of China have been strained. In 1954, the First Taiwan Strait Crisis occurred, forcing the evacuation of the Tachen (Dachen) Islands.

Ever since the first Taiwan Missile Crisis, China has been pointing an increasing amount of missiles at Taiwan, and as recently as 1996 fired several missiles near Taiwan's airspace to intimidate Taiwan's elections and causing a huge downturn in Taiwan's Stock market (TAIEX).

As of 2009, 1500 missiles have been pointed at Taiwan. 中國現在有1500導彈對準台灣。

4. 促請警方儘快起訴貓界林過雲

自2008年7月中開始, 無間斷地向貓義工埋手, 領養貓兒回家虐待至死, 再藉詞貓兒走失, 繼而伺機向相同義工再度領養。八個月間, 朱某向不同義工索取共16隻貓兒, 可惜義工們一直不知道自己己把貓兒送入虎口。

2008年9月, 其中一隻貓兒有幸被其中一位義工接回, 但接回後口中的犬齒給人齊口打斷, 並體重於一個月間下降了25%!

2009年3月, 事件曝光, 各義工遂組隊捉拿朱某。當時朱某亦親口承認遺棄了貓兒, 義工亦把過程攝錄下來放了上youtube。

5. Apologize Jackie Chan

As many people in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China know, Jackie Chan recently said "I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic. I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want."

Whether he said this to please communist authorities in China or not, this comment was not only insulting as he described Taiwan and Hong Kong as "chaotic," but also because he described us Taiwanese, Cantonese, and Chinese as "Need(ing) to be controlled."

We are not animals, we are people with rights to democracy and freedom. Therefore, we ask Jackie Chan to make a simple apology and perhaps show some more respect to Taiwan and China

6. 中國合法領土權在美洲

遠於1430年中國三寶太監鄭和下西洋發現美洲新大陸比歌倫布早80年,根據聯合國國際國土擁有法附例指出[任何國家官員先發現該末發展及開發的土地,該土地合法擁有權屬於該國],根據歴史事實,航行記錄指出遠於1430年中國三寶太監鄭和下西洋發現美洲新大陸比歌倫布早80年,根據聯合國國際國土擁有法附例指出中華人民共和國
合法擁有美洲領土權.本人聯司80位歴史教授及7至8噸有關鄭和發現美洲新大陸的航行証據赴聯合國上訴.

7. Open All Country Park Trails to Mountain Biking 爭取全面開放郊野公園山徑進行單車活動

背景 (序言)

香港漁農自然護理署 (AFCD) 限制旅野單車使用郊野公園山徑, 於1000km山徑中, 只開放極少比例予騎單車人仕。

該等單車徑於開放使用後, 多年來並無因應騎單車人仕數量持續上升而增加。

騎山地車人仕都明白安全的重要性並具有責任感, 他們只希望像其他郊野公園使用者一般, 可以無障礙地進入山徑網絡, 享用香港廣闊的郊野設施。

The Agriculture and Fisheries Conservation Dept. (AFCD) has restricted mountain biking to a very small fraction of the >1000km of Country Park trails in Hong Kong.

It has not expanded the trail network for many years while the number of mountain bikers has increased substantially.

Mountain Bikers are responsible and safety conscious people who would like to enjoy the same unfettered access to all of Hong Kong's extensive trail network that hikers and runners enjoy.

8. Free Tibet

Many have died unfairly, put a stop to it!

9. Say NO to United Nations' abolishment of Traditional Chinese in 2012



The Chinese language has many dialects spoken yet Mandarin has always been the official language.

In Mandarin, there are two present types of writings: Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters. Traditional Chinese has been the official form of writing for thousands of years. And from it, the Simplified form was born.

In recent decades, China's effort in trying to make Chinese easier for both her youth and foreigners resulted in this push of Simplified Chinese. However, at the same time, Traditional Chinese is still studied and widely recognized.

The purpose of Simplified Chinese was meant for an easier reading (with less characters) and less pen-strokes in writing characters. It is the attempt of making Chinese more phonetic rather than having many words pronounced the same.

The two forms of Chinese have always co-existed peacefully for many years. The importance of Traditional Chinese lies in the fact that each character represents a very specific meaning. This is of extreme importance because it allows the reader to understand a written word even without the word being in context.

Simplified Chinese, although convenient, fails to incorporate meaning into its characters. Many words of same phonetic sounds are replaced by a single character that possesses the same sound but lacks in meaning. The major downfall of Simplified Chinese is that it lacks meaning. Currently, historical texts are in Traditional Chinese, (simply because one can read and understand based on the author's choice of words) however, if Traditional Chinese is to be replaced by Simplified Chinese, one would not be able to understand these texts/writings because words have lost their meanings, they simply represent a way of pronouncing the texts. As time progresses, this would result in the loss of history and culture.

UN's action to "unify" the Chinese characters and recognize ONLY Simplified Chinese will have devastating impact upon the Chinese language, culture, history. Internationally, Traditional Chinese would be forgotten and neglected, it would only be a matter of time before Traditional Chinese becomes the next "Latin". (the dead language) Along with this loss of language, would be a culture and history lost forever.

Although Simplified Chinese is an easier way to learn Chinese, but it should not be the only form of Chinese written language. It should be a convenience, not an absolute. By allowing it to become the "official" writing, the Chinese language would be in regression.

Traditional Chinese does not even exist in the UN anymore (except prior to early 1970's).

An earlier campaign by Jennifer Ping at Online petition - Say NO to United Nations' abolishment of Traditional Chinese in 2008 has been rejecetd by the United Nations.

A letter from GoPetition in October 2008 to the United Nations (enclosing a link to over 500,000 signatures) requested that the UN include Traditional Chinese in all press releases and UN documents. The letter from GoPetition was ignored by the UN which did not acknowledge the protest.

Without further protest, the UN will continue to marginalize Traditional Chinese through to 2012 and beyond.

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10. Support Taiwan and Traditional Chinese

UN should care 24,000,000 people's rights who live in Taiwan. Do not only accept simplified Chinese characters.

11. 反對推行膠袋稅

環保人士盲目環保,妄顧實際情況

現時物價飛漲,乜都加價,仲話要收膠袋稅,有人話唔係好多,係呀對有錢人係好少呀嘛,所以問題就係度,有錢既照用可也,最後受既又係低收入人士,到時窮人就膠袋都無得用,搞到好似係度標纖緊邊D係窮人,對貧苦大眾十分不公平!!

而且,對環保也沒有作用,節錄《 蘋 果 批 》

常 被 提 及 的 愛 爾 蘭 , 也 顯 示 出 膠 袋 稅 並 不 環 保 。 該 國 於 ○ 二 年 開 始 徵 收 膠 袋 稅 , 向 每 個 購 物 膠 袋 徵 收 約 一 點 五 港 元 。 最 初 購 物 膠 袋 的 使 用 量 減 幅 達 九 成 四 , 隨 後 縮 至 七 成 五 , 雖 然 看 起 來 仍 減 少 了 膠 袋 使 用 量 , 可 是 膠 袋 稅 又 令 商 店 預 先 包 裝 新 鮮 食 品 , 以 及 使 用 更 多 紙 袋 。 有 人 做 過 調 查 , 愛 爾 蘭 徵 收 膠 袋 稅 後 , 實 質 上 使 用 的 , 比 不 徵 時 用 多 三 倍 以 上 , 更 不 環 保 。

再 說 , 台 灣 的 例 子 同 樣 不 環 保 。 台 灣 於 ○ 二 年 實 施 環 保 徵 費 , 並 禁 用 厚 度 少 於 零 點 六 六 毫 米 的 購 物 膠 袋 。 跟 愛 爾 蘭 一 樣 , 表 面 上 減 少 了 使 用 購 物 膠 袋 , 實 際 上 卻 用 多 了 塑 膠 。 原 因 是 , 人 們 轉 用 較 厚 的 膠 袋 來 盛 載 同 樣 的 物 品 , 用 厚 膠 袋 還 是 薄 膠 袋 較 為 「 環 保 」 , 相 信 不 用 多 談 ; 同 時 紙 袋 的 使 用 數 目 亦 增 加 , 明 顯 是 比 以 往 更 不 環 保 。

從 兩 國 的 經 驗 來 看 , 結 論 自 然 是 膠 袋 稅 危 害 環 境 。 膠 袋 稅 危 害 環 境 得 如 此 明 顯 , 難 怪 就 連 政 府 委 託 的 顧 問 公 司 , 在 報 告 的 結 論 中 亦 反 對 徵 收 膠 袋 稅 , 政 府 對 此 視 而 不 見 , 反 而 借 環 保 為 名 來 徵 稅 。 徵 稅 本 就 已 經 應 該 反 對 , 不 過 《 蘋 果 批 》 反 對 的 原 因 是 , 徵 收 膠 袋 稅 之 後 更 不 環 保 , 危 害 我 們 的 下 一 代 。

12. Taiwan is Taiwan

Chinese law cannot cover to Taiwan.

It cannot take care of Taiwanese people.

13. 台灣留法學生對「長榮航空公司停飛台北-巴黎航線」乙事聯合聲明

長榮航空公司於2007年9月28日宣布,將於2007年11月23日起取消台北與巴黎間客運直飛航線,代之以貨運。對於受此決定影響之消費者,長榮航空公司至今仍未正式提出合理之補償方案,僅提出回台相關轉機方案的口頭承諾;我們認為該公司未盡保障消費者權益與國人福祉之責。


EVA Airways on September 28, 2007 announced that passenger flights will be abolished on November 23, 2007 and replaced with cargo flights. For consumers affected by this decision, EVA Airways has not yet formally proposed a reasonable compensation package, only to return to Taiwan related to the transfer program oral commitments; We believe that the company未尽the protection of consumer rights and well-being of the people responsible.

14. Walking For Freedom

Having resided in Taiwan for the last 15 years, I have seen the country develop from martial law to democracy. Although not being a Taiwan National, this does not stop me from concerning myself with the diplomatic isolation that currently exists in Taiwan today.

As Taiwan is visited by very few from western countries, it is unlike Tibet's plight which caused an International outcry from western countries. I feel we need to take The plight of Taiwan to the western World. Only by travelling to western countries can this be realised.

I and my 3 western friends who currently reside in Taiwan. Plan to embark on a sponsored walk from London to Brussels to garner as many signatures as possible in support of Taiwan's entry into the UN body.

At the moment we have 1600 sponsors [mostly foreigners residing in Taiwan]. With pledges in excess of US$11000, we are well on target to reach our target of US$66000 to cover costs. However we are hobbled by the fact that most foreign national companies we approached for sponsorship in Taiwan were touched by our planned sponsored walk, yet were apprehensive of repercussions from mainland China if they officially sponsored our walk. But we were heartened by the fact some companies gave anonymously. We will review and redirect our sponsorship drive in Taiwan.

My 3 friends will all take time off work while on the sponsored walk. I hope my job will remain open after completing the walk.

The 4 of us will be dressed in green... from head to toe. And with 2 cameramen in tow, we hope to set up a website with daily reports of our signature drive. And we are currently negotiating with a Taiwan news channel to cover each of our City legs. Each of us will emblazon on our green t-shirts the name of Taiwan and a logo.... yet to be decided on.

We hope to accumulate upwards of 2 million signatures in support of Taiwan's entry into the UN. Currently we are working on the design of artwork from a well known British designer...free of charge! And plan to walk through as many European Cities as possible in the 3 months beginning early December.

As we four foreign nationals [and it may probably rise] plan to represent Taiwan, we of course needed permission before embarking on our Walk For Freedom from the Taiwan government... which the GIO and MOFA enthusiastically gave us.

WE ALL LOVE TAIWAN! and want to repay the hospitality the people have shown us while working and residing in Taiwan.

Any help and suggestions will be warmly welcomed.

Your's sincerely.
Stuart Atkinson.

15. Planet Earth and the U.N. belongs to God!

As an international consultant for entrepreneurial and social development, with more than 20 years of expertise; I had the opportunity to formulate for the European Commission (EC/UE), a innovative project to foster competitiveness of micro and small enterprises in El Salvador, which is now underway.

The UE spirit to finance that project is to support entrepreneurs to reach economic sustainability, prosperity, and a satisfactory life quality, in order to contribute for an integral development in our nation, that will lead us to a global market niche. And the ultimate goal of that visionary spirit is to build a world with equity and more opportunities to live.

A very important area of my expertise has been gained from international training and projects implementation; and one of the most important learnings I was in Taiwan, Republic of China; a nation with kind and laborious people, innovative mind, loyal heart, and with a sound spirit of entrepreneurship and firm beliefs.

Now, back to the spirit of that project I formulated for the EU; a guessing thought arise in my mind: Why we in the world pretend to develop our countries excluding other nations from the international politic, social, and economic scenario?. Something wrong is in the mind of leaders who decide to act in that way. And that misunderstanding, comes from their heart, because they forget God, the only one owner of this planet, the only governor above all nations.

God wants all the humankind to be his truly sons and daughters, and for that purpose He will remove any obstacles; including those ones who deny Taiwan, Republic of China as a member of the United Nations organization.

Progress can not be built excluding others. World sustainability can not be built on foundations of political ego and unreasonable decisions about the human rights of others.

16. I LOVE TAIWAN

I LOVE MY COUNTRY.

17. Taiwan is a unique country

Now Taiwan is working hard to join the UN.

Due to China's objection and no American support, we must support Taiwan's rights.

18. Chinese Traditional Characters Must Continue to be Used

China has more than 3000 written history and we have so many beautiful articles and poems, versions were beautifully written in traditional Chinese characters.

I understand the simple way to write is to save time but what if the younger generations lose the ability to recognize and understand the value of Confucious' education that has influenced China for centuries?

Besides the traditional Chinese characters are still beautiful and its value worth the keeping! Just like Kilo vs Pound, KM vs Miles, why can't we keep them all?

19. Support UN Membership for Taiwan

Proclaiming once again the determination of Taiwan’s 23 million people to take their rightful place in the family of nations, President Chen Shui-bian submitted an application for membership in the United Nations to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on July 18.

In response, a UN Secretariat spokesperson told the press on July 23 that Taiwan’s application “could not be received and was, thus, returned” in keeping with “the one-China policy of the United Nations” enshrined in General Assembly Resolution 2758. This behavior is shocking, both for its arrogance and its ignorance.

The UN Charter and UN procedural rules unambiguously stipulate that the secretary-general shall immediately refer membership applications to the Security Council. The Security Council must deliberate the matter and make a recommendation to the General Assembly, whose members are to discuss the matter and vote on it. The UN Secretariat, however, has co-opted the UN member states’ deliberative and decision-making powers.

The UN chief’s action is disturbing also because he has grossly misconstrued both the nature of Taiwan’s membership application and the import of Resolution 2758. The application in no way constitutes a challenge to the right of the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to represent China. Nor does the resolution imply that Taiwan is a part of China.

At a great price in suffering over the course of 38 years of martial law, the people of Taiwan have created a vibrant democracy, rated Asia’s freest country by Freedom House in its 700-page Freedom in the World 2006 report.

For this reason, and in order to underline the fact that Taiwan makes no pretense of vying for the right to govern China, President Chen’s application requests “the admission of Taiwan as a member of the United Nations,” not of the “Republic of China.” This follows the well-established precedent of employing names for participation in the UN and other international organizations that are different from domestically used, constitutional names.

Irrespective of the status of Taiwan, the Taiwan Strait is indisputably one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints. Given that China threatens to launch a war of annexation, has deployed a thousand missiles targeted at Taiwan, and refuses to talk directly with the democratically elected government in Taipei, it devolves upon the United Nations to fulfill its role of international peacekeeper in the region. At the very least, it should facilitate communications between all parties who have a stake in preserving peace in East Asia before a crisis situation develops.

UN organizations and officials must therefore cease allowing themselves to be intimidated by the totalitarian PRC government into making unwise decisions. In particular, they must stop kowtowing to its claim that Taiwan is a province of the People’s Republic of China. Nor is Taiwan part of a “divided China” comprised of PRC and ROC segments.

The UN Charter mandates membership for all states. Taiwan indisputably is a sovereign state, having for nearly six decades fulfilled all of the criteria for statehood stipulated in the 1933 Montevideo Convention. Unlike the PRC, Taiwan is also a state in which sovereignty rests in the people, as prescribed by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Therefore, all nations that champion rule of law, freedom, and human rights are morally bound to support UN membership for Taiwan. We will never trade freedom for tyranny.

20. Stop the uninformed foreign hatred of China

Many people are misinformed about the Chinese culture, and believe that they are taking a stance in activism by attacking it. This petition is to support a strike against the misinformation.

Abolishment of traditional Chinese- The UN is the one who is attempting to abolish traditional Chinese. China accepts the use of it around the country, and almost exclusively in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"Mass execution"- The definition of a mass execution is when many people are executed at one time. The term is incorrectly used. It is true, in the last decade, over 13,000 have been executed in China. The US says it itself, on the American government website travel.state.gov: "China has a low crime rate."

In 2004, there were 16,000 US murders, and in China there were 20,000 murders. China has almost five times the population of china. Meaning that US has 400% China's murders per capita. If people in China were murdered at the same rate, there would be 80,000 murders per year, which equals a net number of lives saved of 60,000 per year. Over 10 years that 600,000 people. By executing 13,000 criminals in a decade, China saved 600,000 innocent lives. Anyone who is against China's death penalty is supporting those 600,000 would-be deaths.

Communism - Any person with a dash of common sense who's been to China knows that it isn't actively Communist. Ask any resident of China, and they'll reply the government has basically zero control over their lives. A few of the big things are:

The only gun licenses granted in China are for 1. Security companies and 2. Hunting zones, where you rent their gun
Land has to be leased from the government from long periods of time, you can't actually own the land. The upside is that the government can't stop selling you the land. If you have a lease for land, they HAVE TO let you purchase a new lease. The leases are also extremely inexpensive.

Falun Gong Organ Extraction- There's no evidence for this or against it. I'm not saying that it didn't happen, I'm just not going to simply concede that it did happen.

Dog killings - 90% of the dog fur sold in the US is from the US. And don't even start about it until the horse slaughterhouses in the US are shut down.

China News=Propaganda - The most recent news articles in China were The Lotus Awards (China's version of the Academy Awards), the newly built railroad to Tibet, and the UN's new research findings on world pollution.

Taiwanese Independence - Taiwan can hardly be called corrupt free. In 2004, 300,000 Taiwanese residents protested the corrupt election. Leader Chen-shuibian was shot, and many people believed it was done as a way to find sympathy and for him to win the reelection.

Corruption scandals dominate Taiwan's election
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2059996.ece

20% of Taiwanese believe they are independent.
20% of Taiwanese believe they are the true China, and should control themselves including mainland China. We don't give the US control of the UK, and the Taiwanese shouldn't get it either.
40% of Taiwanese believe they are part of mainland China.
20% don't care.

So next time you decide to bash China, ask someone who's been to China before.

21. APPEAL TO MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN PARLIAMENT TO SUPPORT MOTION 291

For over 60 years, the young women who were forced into sexual slavery lived with the shame attached to the ordeal.

This caused many to conceal their past and only recently a few of them have come forward and speak out against the atrocities they experienced.

For too long, this dark spot of history has been largely glossed over or ignored by Japan.

22. 請響應利用網路資源大聲說出自己是Taiwanese,國家叫Taiwan

請響應利用網路資源大聲說出自己是台灣(Taiwanese),國家叫台灣(Taiwan),使用台文(台灣文字,即正體中文)
以domain name為例,申請一個諧音為華語及台語「愛台灣」的domain name: A Taiwanese should love Taiwan
以部落格為例,自己的blog網站描述設定如下:
A Taiwanese Blog
Just another Taiwanese weblog
實例網址如下:
A Taiwanese Blog

以FON無限網路基地台的名稱或者它的無線訊號為例 :
個人的訊號: A_Taiwanese
公共訊號:FON_Taiwanese
實例網址如下:
A Taiwanese Fon

其他網路資源可依樣畫葫蘆,在此連署(Sign),加強國人的自信心,並獲得國際人士重視。

國家安定後可更無後顧之憂服務每一位國民。
每一位國民也更可以貢獻一己之力回報國家。

呼口號:
while (1)
{
「台灣加入聯合國」
「加油加油Go!Go!Go! 」
}

註:while (1){}是C語言的語法,表示無限次的重覆。

23. Call Taiwan's different political parties to unite against the Chinese Communist Party

Taiwan's Pan Blues and Pan Greens have been striving with each other for a time that makes Taiwanese people sick.
Taiwanese people should realize that the real threat is neither Blue nor Green, but the Communist regime across the strait.

If the Communists had never stolen the nation of China, the Nationalists would not have applied "White Terror" in Taiwan; thus, the native Taiwanese would not have been oppressed by the 1949 fleets; thus, there would not have been so much conflict between the Blues and the Greens today.

In fact, as Dr. Sun Yat-Sen suggested, Taiwan should be independent, if there had never been riots by the Communists in China, the Nationalists probably would never have occupied Taiwan, and Taiwan now would be Republic of Taiwan.
While the Greens are accusing the Blues of loving China instead of Taiwan, the real threat comes from the Communists. The Blues never set up weapons against Taiwan, the Communists do.

Since the Nationalist Party is Chinese Nationalist Party, the most ideal to finish the whole strife on Taiwan's political stage is to send the Nationalists back to China.

However, as long as the Communists are still in charge of China, the Blues cannot return to China; and Taiwan cannot join the UN as an independent nation.

24. The Peaceful Reunification of China and Taiwan

Historically, the Taiwanese government, headed by the Kuomintang, has been a staunch supporter of reunification. Furthermore, look to Hong Kong and Macao, two successful examples of the one country, two systems model.

Taiwan can co-exist as a province or special economic zone of China.

Not only will that stave off hostilities between the two nations, but it will further advance the vital ties between the island and the mainland.

25. Petiton for the Protection of Migrant Workers in the Taiwan Area

Late on Sunday August 21, 2005 a violent riot erupted by more than 1,600 ethnic, migrant workers building a mass transit railway project in Kaohsiung Taiwan.

Workers set fire to their dormitory in southern Taiwan, burnt cars and hurled rocks at police after some were apprehended. There are estimated between 300,000 to 500,000 migrant workers on Taiwan many of whom are tricked into working on Taiwan with offers of lucrative jobs only to find themselves as slaves to “contractors” and “agents” on Taiwan.

Below is a petition to the Director General Juan Somaviaf of the International Labour Organization to immediately take appropriate actions to investigate the ongoing atrocities being perpetrated by the Taiwanese against ethnic minority workers on Taiwan.

Please help the people on Taiwan.

Sign this petition.

26. Support for Taiwan's Bid to the UN

Taiwan unquestionably deserves membership in the United Nations. By any measure- national sovereignty, political development, protection of human rights, or economic growth — Taiwan meets the standards of UN membership.

Yet, Taiwan continues to be denied its rightful place in the UN. This mistake is made even more tragic for the lost opportunity it represents. As a member of the UN, Taiwan would have much to offer the world.

The People’s Republic of China asserts that it represents the people and government of Taiwan. Since the Chinese communists took control of China and established the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, however, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have been governed as separate countries. Neither has any control or jurisdiction over the other.

Taiwan sets its own policies, conducts its own national defense, and engages formal and substantive relations with other states of the world community. All political, economic, and trade agreements that cover Taiwan are negotiated with its government alone.

Global co-operation plays a key role in all endeavours for peace and prosperity. The international community cannot afford to shut out a responsible and peace-loving partner. Taiwan has participated in relief efforts and missions around the world.

The people of Taiwan want to contribute further and be a part of the UN’s effort to create a shared future for all of humanity. Without UN membership, Taiwan is denied an important means of collaborating with international partners.

The United Nations must uphold the principle of universality and invite Taiwan to lend a hand in making the world a better place after all.

27. Give Taiwan a hand

May 18, 2006

The 59th World Health Assembly (WHA) is scheduled to take place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from May 22-27, 2006.

In the renewed outbreak of the avian flu in Indonesia and Laos, the Assembly will discuss several draft resolutions recommended by the Executive Board.

These include the strengthening pandemic-influenza preparedness and response, the application of the International Health Regulations 2005 and whether or not to let Taiwan become an observer.

For the past nine consecutive years in the WHA, the annual meeting of the World Health Organization's (WHO) 192 member states has denied Taiwan bowing to China's obstructions.

The exclusion of Taiwan violates the principles and spirit of the UN Charter, in particular the fundamental principle of universality, and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To uphold the basic human rights of the 23 million people in Taiwan and to achieve global diseases prevention and to uphold the goal of the WHO on the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health, Taiwan should not be denied in WHA.

This year on May 15, 2006 with ensuring optimal national and global health Security in mind, Taiwan have voluntary declared its early compliance with all the Provisions of the IHR (2005).

Please kindly support Taiwan to be an observer in the World Health Assembly (WHA) -- the highest decision-making body of the WHO.

Let Taiwan be an observer and participate in the WHO's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, a "one-stop shop" of global resources to help manage public health emergencies of international concern, and a key tool to help support the International Health Regulations.

Your gracious support will be highly valued by the 23 million people in Taiwan.

28. Say NO to United Nations' abolishment of Traditional Chinese in 2008



The Chinese language has many dialects spoken yet Mandarin has always been the official language.

In Mandarin, there are two present types of writings: Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters. Traditional Chinese has been the official form of writing for thousands of years. And from it, the Simplified form was born.

In recent decades, China's effort in trying to make Chinese easier for both her youth and foreigners resulted in this push of Simplified Chinese. However, at the same time, Traditional Chinese is still studied and widely recognized.

The purpose of Simplified Chinese was meant for an easier reading (with less characters) and less pen-strokes in writing characters. It is the attempt of making Chinese more phonetic rather than having many words pronounced the same.

The two forms of Chinese have always co-existed peacefully for many years. The importance of Traditional Chinese lies in the fact that each character represents a very specific meaning. This is of extreme importance because it allows the reader to understand a written word even without the word being in context.

Simplified Chinese, although convenient, fails to incorporate meaning into its characters. Many words of same phonetic sounds are replaced by a single character that possesses the same sound but lacks in meaning. The major downfall of Simplified Chinese is that it lacks meaning. Currently, historical texts are in Traditional Chinese, (simply because one can read and understand based on the author's choice of words) however, if Traditional Chinese is to be replaced by Simplified Chinese, one would not be able to understand these texts/writings because words have lost their meanings, they simply represent a way of pronouncing the texts. As time progresses, this would result in the loss of history and culture.

UN's action to "unify" the Chinese characters and recognize ONLY Simplified Chinese will have devastating impact upon the Chinese language, culture, history. Internationally, Traditional Chinese would be forgotten and neglected, it would only be a matter of time before Traditional Chinese becomes the next "Latin". (the dead language) Along with this loss of language, would be a culture and history lost forever.

Although Simplified Chinese is an easier way to learn Chinese, but it should not be the only form of Chinese written language. It should be a convenience, not an absolute. By allowing it to become the "official" writing, the Chinese language would be in regression.

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Example of Simplified VS Traditional (provided by a fellow supporter)

The word Noodle in Chinese
Traditional: 麵 = 麥 + 面 (wheat + surface)
Simplified: 面 (surface/face/noodle)
*meaning in brackets

The Traditional form has two parts which helps to identify it as noodles. Simplified character only provides the pronouciation so the reader would be unable to determine the meaning without it's context.

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The above has been confirmed that the UN never used both Chinese forms. IN FACT, Traditional Chinese does not even exist in the UN anymore (except prior to early 1970's).

In truth, I am uncertain what will become of this petition. After all, it is a few decades late. Although, what saddens me, is the fact that Traditional Chinese has already lost its ground.

People signed this petition to fight against Traditional Chinese being abolished. YET, now that we know it's a fact, why should we not fight harder.

Some have claimed this to be a hoax. Others have supported and sent emails. I personally thank everyone of you who took time to come here regardless of your positions.

For news click here.

29. Oversease Taiwanese and Youths Dismiss Taiwan Congress

過去,台灣無論是在對抗威權專制的民主化運動,或者是戰後台灣所締造的經濟奇蹟,同胞的共同參與,特別是海外同胞與青年學子的參與,不但是改革前進重要的一份子,更代表民主自由與進步革新所憑勢生生不息且源源不絕的清新泉源。

經過長期的努力,台灣人創造了傲人的經濟奇蹟。在恆久的民主自由的價值追求下,台灣人終於在2000年和平取得執政權,創造了寧靜革命的政治奇蹟。台灣人所殷殷期望的,是把台灣建設成為一個族群融合公平合理的優質社會。

然而,負有持續改革任務與主要戰場的國會,卻被前威權制度所培養出來的利益團體盤據著。這些利益團體利用國人對國會的尊重,不但繼續維護威權制度下所掠奪來的不當且不合理的利益,同時更意欲藉由國會議員的特殊地位,進行威權利益與地位的復辟。尤有甚者,更公然以各種手段癱瘓改革進步的可能,以遂行聯共制台的惡行。

五年來,台灣人民為了建立長治久安的民主制度與傳統,展現了高度的克制力,容忍他們的為反撲和掙扎所做出的愚行與懈怠。然而,這樣的忍耐與誠意,並沒有換來積極的回應,反倒是越演越烈的離譜與猖狂。立院長久的空轉,實際上我們付出了鉅大的社會成本。我們開始質疑,對於國會的亂象是否值得包容?

民主社會的問題,當用民主的方法解決。面對長期癱瘓台灣發展,盤據在國會意圖破壞台灣發展的不知恥民意代表,做為民主國家的國民,面對代議士明顯背離民意付託的事實,有權要求他們再次面對民意的考驗。是該將權力還給權力原來的擁有者,國民再次決定的時候了!既然他們違背民意的付託,則曾經委任他們的我們,當然有權將他們解任!台灣所有國民當認清這些根本無視台灣發展與需要的尸位素餐不適任民意代表。現在,就解散國會!讓我們重新投票凝聚我們的力量,讓新的改革力量進入國會,將這灘已發臭的死水換上激起我們奮發向上的湧泉活水吧!

當此關頭,身為海外同胞與青年學子的我們,效法前人典範,努力站出,並且奮起公開呼籲:

改革不容停止!解散國會,塑造新局!

30. Support Taiwan's bid to UN

Update: September 1, 2007

Please sign the updated petition at the following link Online petition - Support UN Membership for Taiwan.

The TECRO Press Release promoting the new petition can be found here.

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The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a free and peace-loving state, and its democratically elected government is the only one that represents the interests and wishes of the people of Taiwan.

Taiwan is the only nation not represented in the global assembly. The United Nations' exclusion of Taiwan violates the principles and spirit of the UN Charter, in particular the fundamental principle of universality, and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Taiwan and its 23 million people are capable of making significant contributions to many UN efforts around the globe. Taiwan is also eager to do its part to combat such international problems as regional conflict, terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and environmental degradation. However, Taiwan is denied an important means of collaborating with international partners. This unnecessarily complicates the task at hand and hampers efforts to deal with such critical issues.

Moreover, as we enter the tenth anniversary of the 1996 Taiwan Strait Missile Crisis, the recent missile tests by North Korea have once again raised grave concerns throughout the international community. From this perspective, Taiwan’s allies have expanded the scope of areas with security concerns in the peace proposal to include all East Asian countries rather than just the Taiwan Strait. They stress that certain countries in the region engage in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as missile deployment or testing, thereby escalating regional tension and affecting world peace.

Taiwan is a democratic nation that respects human rights, freedom, and peace. Taiwan meets all the requirements of UN membership. It makes little sense that Taiwan is ignored when considering the fact that Taiwan serves as a model for freedom and democracy in the Asia-Pacific and a beacon of hope for those living under communist rule. To safeguard peace, the United Nations has to facilitate the necessary dialogue between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.

Please support Taiwan and help it gain representation in the United Nations.