A conference in Taiwan featured an in-depth discussion on how states go beyond their legal and democratic limits. A synthesis of the proceedings.
The Tai Ji Men Case
The Tai Ji Men tax case in Taiwan is exemplary of how even democratic states can undermine freedom of religion or belief by using ordinary bureaucracy and taxation in an unfair and intimidating way.
Every year, Taiwan commemorates the 228 incident, a dark page of its past, and vows to protect democracy. But this should include protecting freedom of religion or belief.
The 2016 Taxpayers Rights Protection Act should have solved the problems of unfair tax enforcement. It did not succeed completely, as the Tai Ji Men case continues to show.
Rogue bureaucrats guilty of human rights violations should be prosecuted to prevent further abuse.
A Webinar revisited the notion of “social justice,” and how it was violated in the Tai Ji Men tax case in Taiwan.
A music teacher with extensive academic experience reflects on what music has to do with global education and human rights.
Interestingly enough, tax-based crackdown on spiritual movements started in France and Taiwan in the same year, 1996.
The Russian experience may serve as a cautionary tale for what is now happening in Taiwan.
On January 24, scholars from different continents discussed how to educate to freedom of religion or belief, conscience, legality, and fiscal fairness.