Taoist tai chi centres in Canada considered religious and exempted from taxes but it is not the case with Tai Ji Men in Taiwan
U.N. International Day of Non-Violence and the Tai Ji Men case
On 15 September, Prof. Tsan-Tu Lin, a former judge, analyzed the miscarriage of justice concerning Tai Ji Men during a webinar co-organized by CESNUR and Human Rights Without Frontiers
At the 51st session of the United Nations body, a written statement has been presented about the appeal of international scholars and human rights activists for a solution of the case.
Taxation abuse against Tai Ji Men is an infringement of freedom of association
Victims of administrative violence based on religion: the Tai Ji Men case
TAIWAN: Comparative study on the persecution of religious minorities through taxation France-Taiwan (II)
Comparative study on the persecution of religious minorities through taxation in France and in Taiwan
As French journalist and historian Jacques Crétineau-Joly said, “Truth is the only charity allowed to history.” Tai Ji Men Shifu and dizi deserve it too.
Good politics is a form of charity. Tax persecution is its contrary, a manifestation of political malevolence.
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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