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Control Yuan 2016 workshop on the compulsory relocation of children.

Today, human rights are universal. In order to realize the protection of our nation’s human rights and align them with international standards, the Legislative Yuan, firstly on March 31, 2009, passed the “International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights” and the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” (referred to below as “the two covenants”) and passed the Act to implement the two covenants. Secondly on May 20, 2011, the “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW) was approved and enacted in 2012. On May 20 and August 1 of 2014, the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” (enacted on November 20, 2014) and the “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (enacted on December 3, 2014) were approved, respectively. Current and future work on improving human rights has become essential for all levels of government organizations.

According to its independent powers granted by the five-power system, the Control Yuan, which supervises all the levels of government, is by nature tasked with the mission of protecting human rights. Among the people’s complaints and actual investigations handled, most of them are related to human rights. In order to enhance the supervisory function of protecting human rights, the Control Yuan in March 2000, according to law, established the Human Rights Protection Committee, cooperatively improving domestic human rights. Aside from strengthening connections and interactions with domestic human rights organizations, the Control Yuan actively participates in international human rights activities and propagates the concept of human rights. Therefore, in the exercise of their powers, Control Yuan members may investigate whether government agencies have violated the human rights provisions under the two covenants, CEDAW, CRC and CRPD.