Corruption of tax bureaucrats can destroy even the mightiest empires. This is why the Tai Ji Men protest should be supported.
Our magazine has published several articles about this Taiwanese problem. There is a reason for this.
An international webinar on May 24 examined different features of the administrative persecution of the Taiwanese movement.
It was not only about the National Tax Bureau. Other bureaucrats also violated the law, and played a key role in the persecution of the Taiwanese movement.
An intimate recollection of twenty-five years of hopes, disappointment, and “peaceful and rational” protests.
That the rights of the defendants were violated is obvious. Yet, no effective remedies appear to exist.
A generation of dizi confronted rogue tax bureaucrats, whose acts at times were reminiscent of the Corleone family in The Godfather.
Repressing movements labeled as “cults,” including through a misuse of taxes, and denying tax justice also happens in Italy. But more remedies exist there.
CESNUR’s and Human Rights Without Frontiers’ monthly webinar on the questions raised by the Tai Ji Men case in Taiwan honored the International Day of Conscience, exploring how conscience can affect the future of a nation and its people.
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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