Taiwan is prevented from adhering to any of the nine U.N. core human rights treaties, but five of them are now legally binding in Taiwan through the persistent efforts of civil society organizations, the government, opposition parties, and the Legislative Yuan. Moreover, necessity compels Taiwan to reinvent a unique set of procedures including the adoption of an implementation act to confirm the treaty's binding force, and the establishment of national monitoring organs, as well as organizations of international review sessions. This book presents this panoramic picture, not only on the domestication of international human rights instruments but also on how these international norms are localized and debated.

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