A music teacher with extensive academic experience reflects on what music has to do with global education and human rights.
Interestingly enough, tax-based crackdown on spiritual movements started in France and Taiwan in the same year, 1996.
The Russian experience may serve as a cautionary tale for what is now happening in Taiwan with the Tai Ji Men case.
On January 24, scholars from different continents discussed how to educate to freedom of religion or belief, conscience, legality, and fiscal fairness.
The Taiwan National Tax Bureau tried to invalidate the results of its own previous open survey through suggestive phone interviews and fax response forms.
Scholars, former officials, and human rights activists from several countries attended the event organized on the eve of Taiwan’s 78th Judicial Day.
Some reflection on the Republic of China’s Judicial Day, from the point of view of a Western scholar.
What happened in Taiwan is important for economists too. It shows exactly how a tax system, confronted with spiritual movements, should not operate.
A peaceful protest march and a Webinar focus on an old injustice that has not ended.
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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