Taiwan signed the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and completed domestic legislative procedures to actively promote the rights and interests of persons with disabilities, based on the "human rights model" of disability.The governments of the signatory countries submit national reports to the international committee for review every four years to examine the implementation of the Convention. Non-governmental organizations and persons with disabilities can also put forward monitoring opinions and suggestions to the governments and international committees through a shadow report.
LIAN Pei-Yin spoking at the August 1 review meeting.
As a representative of Sunshine Foundation and a person with a visible facial difference, LIAN Pei-Yin made a speech during the review meeting that focused on the implementation of Article 8: Awareness Raising. She pointed out two suggestions:
- In some instances, government documents continue to use terms that are derogatory for people with disabilities. Efforts should be made to correct this problem and enhance the awareness of government departments about proper non-discriminatory and non-derogatory wording and terminology;
- Guidance and supervision should be provided to the media to correctly report on people with disabilities to avoid promoting stereotypes and thus create a disabling environment.
Facial Equality is a basic human right, and its spirit is in line with the human rights model upon which is based CRPD. Sunshine Foundation promotes Facial Equality in Taiwan and encourages people with different appearances to participate in CRPD-related policy discussions, so that the voices of people with facial disfigurement or visible differences be heard by relevant government bodies, and that the issues or problems our community faces receive due attention.