The phenomenon of the gender gap in religion, i.e. that more women than men are “spiritual,” is unfortunately known also to persecutors.
The United Nations Day to eliminate violence against women was an opportunity to celebrate the brave female dizi who endured humiliations and suffering.
The road to rectifying past injustices in the ROC has proved bumpy. The Tai Ji Men case will be a significant test.
A background of Tai Ji Men’s origins, action, and mission, and a discussion of the Tai Ji Men case as a FORB problem.
Kafka’s novel “The Castle” and Merton’s criticism of bureaucracy describe a situation that is also at work in the Tai Ji Men case.
Much more than a simple tax or monetary question is a stake in the Tai Ji Men case.
U.N. documents and Lithuanian cases about transitional justice indicate a road that is relevant for Taiwan as well.
A webinar asked why a movement internationally reputed for teaching tolerance became itself victim of intolerance.
In Vilnius at the RC-22 meeting of the International Sociological Association transitional justice and violations of freedom of religion were discussed.
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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