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Taiwan: Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program Implemented, Requiring Masks in High-Risk Places

(Jan. 6, 2021) On December 2, 2020, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that a Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program had been implemented on December 1. The program requires members of the public to wear masks in a wide range of places where the risks of catching and transmitting the coronavirus are deemed high. Taiwan […]

Taiwan: Government Lifts Mask Export Ban and Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

(June 26, 2020) On May 29, 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced that the ban on exporting masks made in Taiwan would be lifted effective June 1, 2020. The restriction that Taiwanese residents could send no more than 30 masks every two months to their overseas relatives was also lifted at the same […]

Taiwan: Special COVID-19 Law Revised to Increase Economic Relief Budget

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 21, 2020, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens (Special Act) to increase the relief budget from 60 billion new Taiwan dollars (NT$, about US$2 billion) to NT$210 billion (about US$7 billion). (Art. 11.) The […]

Taiwan: Same-Sex Marriage Law Enters into Effect

(June 18, 2019) On May 17, 2019, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approved the Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748, a special law legalizing same-sex marriage in Taiwan. Taking effect on May 24, 2019, the Act is the first law passed in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. (Sifayuan Shizi Di 748 Hao Jieshi Shixing Fa […]

Taiwan: Money Laundering Control Act Amended, Regulating Virtual Currency Platforms

(Jan. 22, 2019) On November 7, 2018, Taiwan’s Money Laundering Control Act was amended to strengthen the legal compliance requirements for the internal control and auditing of financial institutions and to include virtual currency platforms within the regulatory scope of the Act. (Money Laundering Control Act (enacted Oct. 23, 1996, last amended Nov. 7, 2018), […]

Taiwan: Proposal to Grant Witnesses Right to Legal Assistance During Questioning

(Jan. 9, 2018) On December 22, 2017, two members of Taiwan’s legislature, John Wu and Lin Wei-chou of the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT), made public at a news conference a proposed draft amendment to Taiwan’s Code of Criminal Procedure that would give witnesses who are being questioned by prosecutors or investigators the right to have […]

Taiwan: Action Plan to Reduce Air Pollution, Shift to Electric Vehicles

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 21, 2017, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan (Cabinet) publicly announced an action plan to cut air pollution and foster renewable energy. One component of the plan will be a ban on the sale of nonelectric two- and four-wheel vehicles that burn fossil fuels. (Cabinet Proposes to Ban Sale of Nonelectric Vehicles, TAIWAN […]

Taiwan: Animal Protection Law Amended

(Oct. 18, 2017) On April 11, 2017, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan’s main legislative body) passed a number of amendments to the Animal Protection Act. The President of Taiwan promulgated the amended Act on April 26. (Animal Protection Further Enhanced in Taiwan, TAIWAN TODAY (Apr. 12, 2017); Animal Protection Act (Nov. 4, 1998, as last amended Apr. […]

Taiwan: New Indigenous Languages Act

(June 21, 2017) On June 14, 2017, the Republic of China on Taiwan government promulgated the Indigenous Languages Development Act in order to “achieve historical justice, further preserve and promote the indigenous languages, and guarantee that the languages are used and passed down … .”  (Indigenous Languages Development Act (May 26, 2017), art. 1, Legislative […]

Taiwan: Constitutional Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Unconstitutional

(June 5, 2017) On May 24, 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court announced J.Y. Interpretation No. 748, which rules that the prohibition of same-sex marriage in the current Civil Code violates the Constitution. (Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748 and Reasons (May 24, 2017), Judicial Yuan website (in Chinese) (click on the first PDF link); Press Release, On the Same […]