Youth Movements

Who Will Be The Next Chair of the NPP?

In a surprise turn of events, NPP chair Huang Kuo-chang announced earlier this week that he will not be pursuing reelection for party chair next month. Party heavyweight Freddy Lim has also announced that he is not interested in pursuing the position. Who, then, will be the next chair of the NPP and how will chair elections affect the course of the party as a whole?... Read More

Progressive Taiwanese Civil Society Sees Defeat By Way Of National Referendum

The results of referendum voting will no doubt come as a great shock to progressive Taiwanese civil society with, quite literally, all of the referendum proposals they championed being voted down. On the other hand, all of the referendums they opposed passed. However, not all of these achieved the necessary 25% of voter participation needed to be legally binding... Read More

Tsai Administration Carries Out Politically-Motivated Use Of Capital Punishment

Make no mistake: The execution of a 39-year-old man in Kaohsiung last Friday is a political killing. In all probability, the Tsai administration went ahead with the execution as a way to score political points for the DPP in the lead-up to 2018 local elections and in order to counter criticisms that it has been lax on violent crime... Read More

Not Guilty Verdict Upheld For Sunflower Movement Protesters After Appeal By Prosecutors

The Taiwan High Court ruling to uphold the acquittal of 22 Sunflower Movement activists for their actions during the 2014 occupation of the Legislative Yuan maintains a previous ruling approximately one year ago that found Sunflower Movement activists not guilty on the basis that their actions were justified civil disobedience. What is this indicative of, in reflecting on close to four years since the movement broke out and the year since the previous ruling?... Read More

Attempts By Sporting Associations To Block Reform Efforts Using Fake Members

Controversy over sporting associations in Taiwan continues, with accusations in the past month that sporting associations have taken steps to try and block pushes for reform from Taiwanese activists and members of civil society. This has been through raising the costs for joining sporting associations and a sudden influx of thousands of applications shortly before the deadline, of which many are thought to be fake... Read More