Lack of responsibility for the persecution of Tai Ji men by dishonest bureaucrats perpetuates the wrongful case for 24 years
Action Alliance to Redress 1219 is a partner of the International Summit on Religious Freedom (IRF) 2021
WASHINGTON, DC, July 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit (IRF), the largest and most important religious freedom event of the year, took place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC from 13 to July 15, with more than 1,000 attendees. As a partner of the Summit, the Action Alliance to Redress 1219 hosted his second workshop entitled “A question of justice: the case of Tai Ji Men”On July 15, with more than 4,300 religious freedom advocates participating in the event, either in person or online.
As the workshop began, former US Ambassador General for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, co-chair of the IRF 2021 Summit, greeted the audience and thanked Bitter winter an online magazine, for being a co-sponsor of the Summit. Ambassador Brownback praised Professor Massimo Introvigne, editor-in-chief of Bitter winter for being a great researcher, he wrote about what happened to Tai Ji Men in Taiwan. Ambassador Brownback declared that freedom of religion is a fundamental human right, without which humanity cannot flourish. He stressed that this right must be protected for everyone, everywhere and at all times. This sentiment also aligns with this Summit’s Charter of Religious Freedom, which highlights “freedom of religion and conscience.” While different religious groups may practice their values in various ways, “we believe that the role of governments is to protect that innate right of a person to choose their own future course for their soul,” stated Ambassador Brownback.
During the Summit, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and Co-Chair of the IRF 2021 Summit, emphasized the importance of awareness and said if people can always stay tuned to listen to their conscience, it will whisper the difference to them. between good and evil despite the temptations and ugliness of the world. The concept of consciousness mentioned by Dr. Swett is very relevant to the case of Tai Ji Men.
Pamela Chen, on behalf of tens of thousands of Tai Ji Men disciple (disciples) pointed out that their religious freedom has been violated in Taiwan for 24 years. He regretted that “the Taiwan tax office issued illegal tax invoices to Tai Ji Men simply on the basis of a false accusation, without conducting any substantial investigation. That was against conscience. In 2007, the Taiwan Supreme Court found Tai Ji Men not guilty of tax evasion or any other charges, confirming that Tai Ji Men did not owe any taxes, but the Taiwan tax office continued to impose unjustified taxes on Tai Ji Men. . That was against conscience. The leader of the Tai Ji Men did not owe any taxes, but his land destined for a spiritual center was confiscated. That was a theft of his property and it was against conscience. We are Tai Ji Men disciple in the US We are now speaking to the international community, seeking support in urging the Taiwanese government to correct its mistakes and implement true democracy and human rights. “
“Tai Ji Men is a spiritual organization that practices qigong and martial arts, with 15 academies in the United States and Taiwan. He has dedicated himself to promoting a culture of love, peace and conscience. To date, he has traveled to 101 countries, influencing heads of state and leaders of all countries to do the right thing, ”Chen added.
Kenneth Jacobsen, a law professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA and a former adviser to US President Bill Clinton, has studied the Tai Ji Men case for years and has written an article about this case. He shared that he was offended by the significant violations of the law by the few rogue bureaucrats throughout the Tai Ji Men case. Like Tai Ji Men disciple (disciples), Professor Jacobsen loves Taiwan and the people of Taiwan, and that is exactly why these officials must be held accountable so that no one else suffers. Professor Jacobsen ended by asking President Tsai Ing-wen and other Taiwanese leaders to “correct the mistakes of the past. “Allowing mistakes to continue, perpetuating mistakes that were made in the past is just as bad, if not worse, than making those mistakes in the first place.” Professor Jacobsen stated: “What I would like to say to the government of Taiwan is: ‘Do the right thing!'”
Prof. Massimo Introvigne, sociologist, managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions and co-author of a white paper on the case of Tai Ji Men, joined the workshop remotely, emphasizing that Taiwan is a democratic country. “Of course there are wrong bureaucrats everywhere, even in my own country, Italy, but the democratic test is whether other powers in a democratic state are able to keep rogue bureaucrats at bay.” He said that Tai Ji Men is truly a vibrant and flourishing religious culture and that “I believe that the friends of Taiwan should precisely be in the front row calling for a solution to the case of Tai Ji Men.” He emphasized that the Tai Ji Men case “is not a tax case, if it were, it would have been resolved long ago. It is a question of principle and a test of freedom of religion or belief. “
Marco Respinti, director in charge of Bitter winter, also attended the online forum. Said Bitter winter has regularly and closely followed the case of Tai Ji Men. The case is a tragedy because it is a story of the prosecution of innocents at first and then continues for almost a quarter of a century. Respinti said that it is the responsibility of a journalist to focus on cases like the Tai Ji Men case and face false accusations from a prosecutor, such as raising goblins. Taiwan is synonymous with democracy and urges the Taiwanese government to clear the names of Tai Ji Men Teacher (teacher) and disciple (disciples) and restore justice. Respinti calls on all media to report typical cases of human rights violations such as the Tai Ji Men case and ultimately rectify the case.
About Action Alliance to Redress 1219: Action Alliance to Redress 1219 is a group of international and Taiwanese legal, religious and human rights specialists working to restore the truth about the ongoing persecution of Tai Ji Men in Taiwan by a small group of bureaucrats that has also lasted 24 years. such as his abuse of authority and violations of the law. In addition to rectifying the case of Tai Ji Men and revealing the truth, he is also committed to upholding religious freedom, denouncing related injustices in Taiwan. The Alliance urges those in power not to ignore the fundamental human rights of the people and holds perpetrators accountable for protecting democracy, the rule of law and justice.
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