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The people of Taiwan demand their human right to full UN representation




The people of Taiwan, by virtue of their living and breathing as human beings, have an inalienable right to full representation at the United Nations (UN) - the same as everyone does! The UN must give the Taiwanese people their UN rights!



The aggressive 'One China' policy of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 'Peoples Republic of China' (PRC), against the people of the 'Republic of China' (ROC), including at the United Nations, is unacceptable and is against the principles of the United Nations Charter.


CCP's China must cease its aggression against everyone.



United Nations Charter Article 1

"The Purposes of the United Nations are:

  1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;

  2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;

  3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and

  4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends."




History


In 1945, the ROC affirmed its commitment to these ideals when it signed the UN Charter in San Francisco and thus originally become a UN founding member in the General Assembly and the Security Council until 1971. As a founding member of the UN, the ROC played a very positive, constructive role during its 26-year-Iong tie with this world body.


Since leaving the UN in 1971, the ROC has encountered many diplomatic frustrations and weathered an array of crises. In order to respond to these challenges, the ROC must blend its political status into its economic position by working for long-term development focusing on domestic, economic, political and social growth.


Currently, the ROC has transformed Taiwan into a model of freedom, democracy and equitable prosperity amongst developing countries. Taiwan is willing to share its economic success with the world community and to contribute to international development. However, while Taiwan's economic achievement has reshaped its role on the global economic stage, it has not been sufficient in strengthening its political position in the global context.



Treaty of San Francisco

The 'Treaty of San Francisco' (サンフランシスコ講和条約, San-Furanshisuko kōwa-Jōyaku), also called the 'Treaty of Peace with Japan' (日本国との平和条約, Nihon-koku to no Heiwa-Jōyaku), re-established peaceful relations between Japan and the Allied Powers on behalf of the United Nations by ending the legal state of war and providing for redress for hostile actions up to and including World War II. It was signed by 49 nations on 8 September 1951, in San Francisco, California, U.S.



Fate of Taiwan and other Japanese overseas territories


According to the treaty's travaux préparatoires, a consensus existed among the states present at the San Francisco Peace Conference that, while the legal status of the island of Taiwan is temporarily undetermined, it would be resolved at a later time in accordance with the principles of peaceful settlement of disputes and self-determination, ideas that had been enshrined in the UN Charter.

In today's world, the interdependent global community requires the positive contributions of many other actors in the international community. Accordingly, in order to fulfill the goal of universality membership and equal respect for national sovereignty, it is necessary for the United Nations to consider the exceptional situation of the ROC on Taiwan and accommodate Taiwan's accession to the world body.


As we all know that even before the UN was founded, the ROC was already an established state. Until now, the ROC has remained a state as it was then. Moreover, Taiwan embraces democratic values and has full respect for human rights; its economy is larger than ninety percent of the UN member states; and its population is bigger than two-thirds of the UN's members. The record of the ROC, of Taiwan, economically and politically is highly impressive.


If a major contribution that the UN can make to world affairs is to aid in breaking down barriers that divide the people of the world, the question arises as to what possibly could be the reason for the government of Taiwan not being admitted to membership in the United Nations?



We call for Taiwan to be represented at the United Nations with the intent that Taiwan will soon be declared a sovereign state with its own seat in the General Assembly.


Pepe.


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References:

Jerome A. Cohen 13 June 2021 'Taiwan is not just a "question"'

Eric Ting-Lun Huang (2003) 'Taiwan's Status in a Changing World: UnitedNations Representation and Membership forTaiwan'



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