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Taiwan activists slam ‘discriminatory’ COVID-19 migrant curbs

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TAIPEI: Taiwanese rights activists on Thursday (Jun 10) urged authorities to revoke a “discriminatory” ban on migrant employees going exterior after a coronavirus outbreak unfold to the island’s profitable tech sector.

The native authorities in central Miaoli county this week imposed a keep indoors order on all migrant employees until they have been explicitly commuting to work.

The order got here after 4 electronics firms reported clusters amongst their workforce, which incorporates many low paid migrants from close by nations like Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

“Taiwanese can exit so long as they put on masks however migrant employees are subjected to totally different therapy,” Taiwan Affiliation for Human Rights secretary normal Shih Yi-Hsiang informed AFP.

“That is an absurd, selective and discriminatory measure.”

“This spate of cluster infections additionally contain Taiwanese employees. Viruses know no nationalities,” he added.

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A number of labour and civil teams additionally denounced the ban.

Taiwan markets itself as one among Asia’s most progressive democracies with a authorities that promotes and embraces human rights.

However the island has lengthy come underneath criticism for the way it treats migrant employees.

Taiwan emerged largely unscathed from the pandemic final yr with just some hundred circumstances and single-digit deaths due to one of many world’s finest coronavirus responses.

However it’s now battling a sudden surge of the virus as infections jumped to greater than 12,000 with 361 deaths after a cluster initially detected amongst airline pilots unfold.

The federal government has since raised its pandemic alert stage and imposed stricter social distancing guidelines till Jun 28.

Clusters have been detected in Taiwan’s essential semiconductor business, which is presently working at full capability to satisfy a worldwide scarcity in chips.

King Yuan Electronics Firm, a number one chip testing and packaging firm, in addition to subsidiary of tech large Foxconn have each needed to droop some operations after employees examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

Miaoli county chief Hsu Yao-chang defended the ban on migrant employees going exterior, saying the authorities “haven’t any different selection” because the variety of migrants examined optimistic is way increased than home employees.

“Excessive-tech firms type an essential financial provide chain and we hope they will not turn into a sequence to unfold the pandemic,” he informed a digital press convention Wednesday.

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