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Taiwan: Money Laundering Law Amended

(July 2, 2008) According to the U.S. Department of State, “Taiwan's modern financial sector and its role as a hub for international trade make it susceptible to money laundering.” (Volume II: Money Laundering and Financial Crimes, Country Reports, INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL STRATEGY REPORT – 2008, Mar. 2008, http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/ustw_narcos_2008022903.html.) On June 11, 2008, an amendment to […]

Taiwan: Proposal to Abolish Death Penalty

(June 2, 2008) On May 21, 2008, the Justice Minister of the Republic of China on Taiwan, Wang Ching-feng, announced plans to try to abolish the death penalty in Taiwan. Draft legislation has been considered in the Cabinet previously, but always failed to pass. Capital punishment retains popular support in Taiwan, with 75 percent opposing […]

Taiwan: Disaster Prevention and Rescue Law Amended

(June 2, 2008) Taiwan's Disaster Prevention and Rescue Law (promulgated on July 19, 2000) was amended on May 14, 2008. Among other changes, the term “disaster” is redefined to include mine disasters and forest disasters (and to remove the word “major” from the list of non-natural disasters in which these two types of disasters are […]

Taiwan: Changes to Nationality Law Proposed

(June 2, 2008) Legislators of the Kuomintang (Nationalist, or KMT) Party may seek an amendment to the Nationality Law to establish conditions and limitations on Taiwan government officials' holding permanent resident status in foreign countries, such as the rank of civil servants allowed to obtain it and the time limit for renouncing it before their […]

Taiwan: Child and Juvenile Welfare Law Amended

(May 2, 2008) On April 22, 2008, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved amendments to the Child and Juvenile Welfare Law that impose fines on anyone who encourages the young to commit suicide. The revised Law stipulates that persons who “force, lure, allow, or act as a go-between for” a child or minor to end his or […]

Taiwan: Civil Law Amended

(May 2, 2008) On April 22, 2008, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the parts of the Civil Code on General Principles and the Family, as well amendments to the two parts' enforcement laws. In addition, on May 7, the legislature adopted revisions to the Enforcement Law for Part V, Succession, of the Civil Code. The […]

Taiwan: Consumer Insolvency Proceedings Law Takes Effect

(May 2, 2008) On April 11, 2008, the Statute on Consumer Insolvency Proceedings took effect in Taiwan; the law was promulgated on July 11, 2007. Its four chapters, in 159 articles, cover general provisions, rebirth, liquidation, and supplementary provisions. The aim of the measures is to protect debtors who are unable to pay off their […]

Taiwan: Proposal to Amend Referendum Law

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior made public proposed amendments to the 2003 Referendum Act that would lower the bar for initiating and passing referenda and submitted them to the Interior Committee of the Legislative Yuan. Under the proposal, the required number of initiators for a referendum would be […]

Taiwan: Business Tax Law Amended

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, an amendment to Taiwan's Value-Added Business Tax and Non-Value-Added Business Tax Law was promulgated. The new article 9-1 stipulates that "to meet special circumstances of the economy," the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) may flexibly adjust the business tax for imported wheat, barley, corn, and soybeans, without the limits prescribed […]

Taiwan: No Biking in Pedestrian Crossings

(Mar. 2, 2008) Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) stated on March 2, 2008, that as of April 2008 bicycle riders will be subject to fines of NT$300-800 (about US$9.80-26.00) if caught cycling in pedestrian crossings. The cyclists may only use the crossings if they dismount the bikes and push them across; they must […]