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Taiwan: Amendments to Law on Status of Indigenous People

(Jan. 27, 2009) The Law on the Status of Indigenous People, promulgated on January 17, 2001, and in force on January 1 of that year, was amended on December 3, 2008. The phrase “voluntary relinquishment” (italicized below) has been inserted in article 8, paragraph 1, on the process for recovering or acquiring the status of indigenous person:

Individuals entitled to the indigenous peoples status [sic]as provided in said act who, prior to the enactment of said act, forfeited or failed to acquire their indigenous peoples status through marriage, adoption, voluntary relinquishment, or other reasons, may present documents adequately supporting their indigenous peoples status and apply for status recovery or acquisition.

(Amendment to Indigenous People Status Law, 6833 GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 11-12 (Dec. 3, 2008), available at; Yuan-jhu min shen-fen fa [Status Act for Indigenous Peoples] [Chinese versions of 2001 Law and 2008 amended Law], (last visited Jan 15, 2009); Status Act for Indigenous Peoples [English translation of the Law promulgated on January 17, 2001], (last visited on Jan. 15, 2009.)