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  • Hi everyone, welcome back on my channel. My name is Charlotte.

  • Today, in this episode ofTaiwan in the international news

  • I want to talk about an article that was published in a Belgian newspaper calledHet Laatste Nieuwson the 29th of May.

  • I was surprised by this article, because I had no idea that a law like that existed in Taiwan.

  • The title of the article (that I am going to translate from Dutch) is:

  • Taiwan abolishes law that sentences people for adultery”.

  • Apparently, in Taiwan, if you are a married couple and one of the two people cheats,

  • They can be prosecuted in the court of law and face up to one year in prison!!

  • I had no ideaWe don't have a law like that in Belgium.

  • Let's go ahead and read the article.

  • Taiwan abolishes law criminalizing adultery

  • The highest court of justice in Taiwan has decided to abolish a law that could convict a person who cheats in a marriage to a prison sentence.

  • Hsu Tzong-li, president of the judicial branch of the Taiwanese government has said in a statement that the 85-year-old law has been abolished

  • because it was a seriousviolation of a person's sexual autonomyand a “serious invasion of personal privacy”.

  • Previous to this decision, the ministry of Justice has conducted a research finding that 70% of the population was against the abolishment of this law.

  • This number surprises me actually.

  • This means that many people in Taiwan are still in favour of this law and think it's good that a person who cheats ends up in prison potentially.

  • Kuan Hsiao-wei, an assistant to a professor at the University of Taipei has called this decision of the court a milestone in the history of sexual human rights in Taiwan.

  • It was stated that women had a 20% higher chance of getting convicted of the charge,

  • even though men were committing the cheating act more often.

  • Activists stated that the law could also pressure victims of sexual assault not to file charges,

  • because the adultery charges were far more easy to prove in court than sexual assault.

  • I don't know what you think about this, but in my personal opinion it can only be positive that this law doesn't exist anymore.

  • If you consider those women who are fearing to report rape and sexual assault out of fear that they if they fail to prove the rape,

  • they might be the ones who get convicted for cheating. That is scary

  • and I can understand that many women are not prepared to take that risk so they just keep quiet.

  • I think that is a big problem.

  • Don't get me wrong: here in Belgium we don't have this law, but it is completely socially unacceptable to cheat.

  • Of course

  • But we don't have the government taking care of that.

  • It is something between those 2 people. It is their relationship and if something like that happens,

  • If one person cheats, the other one is free to leave.

  • Maybe in some casesFor example: if one person cheats and they want a divorce

  • And then they are fighting for the children's custody, maybe in that case a judge can use this cheating argument against the person

  • To say to the judge: “this person is not responsible, is not serious enough to take care of the children. Look at what they did.”

  • It can be used against them, but it can never directly lead to a sentence when you cheat on your partner.

  • It is time to read some of your comments on last week's video about the Taiwanese Human Rights Museum getting a German award.

  • Willy Nieh says: “Hi, glad to see you again here, just like an old friend of mine.

  • By the way, I'm not from Taiwan, but as you I care about that little island, stinky tofu is pretty good too, have a good time

  • Thank you Willy, I really like Taiwan too!

  • I don't know why this small, little island at the other side of the planet caught my heart like that.

  • It is always nice to see other foreigners who have such a love for Taiwan too.

  • Tracy W writes: “I watch videos every morning and practice my listening. What a great video and I enjoy your smile!”

  • “I really hope to see you soon in Taiwan.”

  • Thank you Tracy! I'm always so happy to hear that people practice English with my videos.

  • I'm trying my best to pronounce well for you.

  • Wen Tou Chen wrote: “Stinky tofu :D I heard about the museum before but haven't been there yet.”

  • This video makes me feel that I should go for a sight.”

  • Yes, you are right! You should go. And I should go too!

  • I had the same feeling. When I was doing research about that museum, I was surprised that I had never heard about it before

  • And I thought: waw, that is something to add on my list next time I go to Taiwan.

  • That was it for today's video. I hope you found it as interesting as I did.

  • I am curious to hear about your opinion on this matter.

  • Let me know in the comments down below if you think it is a good thing (or not) that this law will be abolished.

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  • I hope to see you soon in the next video. Bye bye ~

Hi everyone, welcome back on my channel. My name is Charlotte.

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