Scholars and human rights activists praised Tai Ji Men’s role in spreading conscience education, and denounced the movement’s continuing tax harassment.
It is not enough to be independent from foreign jurisdictions. The legal system should also be independent from private interests and malice.
There is no freedom without justice and no justice without freedom. This is also true for the Tai Ji Men case: and love is needed, too.
The 7th-century Japanese ruler taught that law and its enforcement cannot be independent from conscience.
January 11 was Taiwan’s Judicial Day. Participants in an international webinar expressed the hope it would be an opportunity to reflect on what went wrong in the Tai Ji Men case.
Dr. Hong Tao-Tze Preamble Sovereign power rests with the people, and a government is entrusted by its people to serve them and promote the common welfare....
The reasons why the Tai Ji Men case was started on December 19, 1996, and continued for 26 years, are hard to understand rationally. But we all understand a solution is needed now.
Caring for the others is not just sharing material interests but recognizing the value of all human beings. This is what Tai Ji Men teaches.
Muslims believe that solidarity is a natural feeling, but it should be cultivated. Similar ideas exist in most religions, and inspire us in our solidarity with Tai Ji Men.
Calling for a Solution of the Tai Ji Men Case
We join Tai Ji Men in respectfully asking the government of Taiwan, whose commitment to democracy in a region plagued by non-democratic regimes we appreciate and applaud, to return through a political act the confiscated sacred land to Tai Ji Men and publicly confirm that, as Taiwan’s Supreme Court stated, they never violated the law nor evaded taxes.
It would be a small step for Taiwan’s government, but a crucial one to tell the world Taiwan is truly committed to freedom of religion or belief and to the protection of religious and spiritual minorities that were once persecuted by its authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes.
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“The Tai Ji Men Case” web site is a project by Action Alliance to Redress 1219 whose aim is to collect and put at the readers’ easy disposal articles, documents, and videos—from academic studies to magazine articles—about the case of Tai Ji Men, a mempai (similar to a school) of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation headquartered in Taiwan, which has been victim of discrimination and persecution in its home country since 1996, and whose street protests have generated widespread international protests. Here you can find an exhaustive chronology of the case.
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