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Taiwan passes Bill allowing Tibetan stateless nationals to remain

November 7, 2016

Central News Agency Taiwan, November 1, 2016 - The Legislative Yuan approved the third reading of an amendment to the Immigration Act on Tuesday to grant residence permits to stateless nationals from Tibet who arrived in Taiwan from India and Nepal prior to June 29.

The amendment stipulates that the National Immigration Agency should grant residence permits to stateless nationals from Tibet, who entered Taiwan from India and Nepal before June 29, 2016 and have not been forced to leave the nation, once their identities are confirmed by the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

The existing bill allows only stateless nationals from Tibet who entered Taiwan from India and Nepal between May 21, 1999 and Dec. 31, 2008 to stay.

Kolas Yotaka (
谷辣斯尤達卡), a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator, estimated that thanks to the amended bill, at least 16 such stateless nationals are expected to obtain residence and work permits.

Yotaka pointed out that a great number of Tibetans have been forced to leave their homes over the past few years as the Chinese government continues its oppressive rule in Tibet, particularly after 2009. Since then more than 100 Tibetans have protested such oppression by self-immolating, while more than 6,800 have been arrested.

The Beijing authorities even punish the family members and communities of those who self-immolate and have introduced stricter controls and monitoring measures, the DPP legislator said.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Romulo Huang)

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