Human into Being: Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Taiwan

Taiwan had started to show its concerns about persons with disabilities with a legal framework solely based on social assistance. However, the disabled remained socially disabled, with only restricted access to human rights protection. The 2014 domestication of CRPD Convention in Taiwan created a strong scheme to finally empower the disabled. This paper argues that the CRPD implementation process reflects a quest for real partnership between disabled persons, public authorities and different social actors. Following a series of legal amendments, serious debates go on with the procedural design for reasonable accommodation, forced institutionalization and claim right on the ground of CRPD protected rights. Taiwan also needs to establish an integral action plan regarding the right to live independently within community, in particular for mentally disabled persons.