2016/05/19 與吉里巴斯代表交換意見

今天與吉里巴斯大使Teekoa(左一,著黃襯衫)又見面,她很健談,她說派到台灣三年從來不曾已南島民族為主軸進行交流,我很意外外交部怎會錯失那麼好的機會?! 反正往者已矣,外交部也要換人做做看了。Teekoa帶來兩位吉里巴斯新科國會議員,一位是Tianeti Ioane(左二),一位是Uriam Tirae Iabeta(左三),其中Ioane甚至還是2016吉里巴斯總統大選的總統候選人。蠻有趣的,我們聊很多,相見歡,明天一起參加總統就職大典!

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2016/05/18 樹林高中原住民族專班參觀立法院

和樹林高中原住民族專班的同學見面,我真的為同學們感到驕傲,一般這類會面的時候,同學會客氣的問一些不著邊際的題目,像是「委員的工作辛苦嗎?」。但樹林高中同學,一開頭就問「請問委員對蔡總統向原住民族道歉的看法?」接下來問題一個比一個強而有力,「對加分制度的回應?」「對狩獵的看法?」而最難的一個問題:「對總統府前面原住民娃娃穿錯衣服的看法?」

針對最後這個問題,我當時還不是很了解,昨天聽到了以後,我忙著與就職大典的相關策辦單位說明、聯絡。娃娃的確穿錯衣服了,而幾經溝通後,穿錯衣服的娃娃不會出現在盛大的就職典禮上了。雖然原本要讓原住民族出現在總統就職大典會場的美意告吹,但我實在為最先發現這些事情的樹林高中同學們感到驕傲。

我常說原住民族的孩子擅長獨立思考,這就是最好的證明了,而有機會和你們交流,也讓我學到不少事情,謝謝你們。
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2016/05/18 在立法院民進黨黨團與在台圖博人交換意見

圖博兄弟姊妹用圖博文寫出「Kolas加油!」,我滿心感恩!

在台灣的圖博人無法取得身份,也沒有合理的方式取得長期居留,長期委屈求全的和「蒙藏委員會」溝通卻無法得到協助,因為「蒙藏委員會」對流亡在台灣的圖博人的身份認定大有問題,過去因為難解的政治因素被冷處理,這次和內政委員會的前輩陳其邁、莊瑞雄、李俊俋一起聽聽大家的意見。

我已經正式提案廢除蒙藏委員會,也已提案修正移民法,即將送進委員會審查。嗯!是時候來點新氣象了!

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2016/04/22 臺灣南島民族國會議員友好協會成立大會

今天是「臺灣南島民族國會議員友好協會」成立大會,跨國籍、跨黨派的朋友都來支持協會,最開心的是原住民族的委員與非原住民族委員都來參與!非常感謝大家!
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〔Press Release〕 2016/03/05 Kolas Yotaka Supports Tibet:Abolish Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission

2016.3.5

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March, 5th 2016 Taipei City

In the early 20th century, the Han Chinese regime invaded Tibet, claiming that Tibet was part of China. Consequently, the Chinese government established the Mongolian & Tibetan Affairs Commission to control the Tibetan people and territory. As a result of the invasion, the Tibetan people’s human rights were violated, their religion, language and culture were attacked. Tibetan people strongly resisted, and on March 10th, 1959, the Chinese government heightened their brutal suppression of Tibet forcing the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, into exile. Over the 20 years that followed, under coercion, 1.2 million Tibetan people were killed, more than 6,000 monasteries were destroyed, the Tibetan language was almost entirely banned, and 100,000 more have been displaced as refugees. Taiwan Legislator Kolas Yotaka has always supported the Tibetan people’s cause and participated in Tibetan Uprising Day Parade in Taipei, held on March 5.

Kolas Yotaka worked as a journalist for many years and reported on many stories of Tibetan exiles and their struggle for freedom. She visited the Tibetan community in Nepal to investigate desperate Tibetan monks’ self-immolation, and witnessed how Tibetans lived in deep fear. However, she has also seen how exiled Tibetans face political repression with their own conviction to protect Tibetan culture. Kolas believes that Tibet faces the same fate as the Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples, parallel not only in their pursuit of the revival of their culture, language, and religious freedom, but also in the Central Tibetan Administration’s willingness to accept Tibetan ethnic autonomous governance to coexist with Chinese rule, in spite of being exiled in India. Yet China remains unyielding. The Taiwanese government’s assistance to the Tibetan people in exile is limited, and does not currently allow Tibetan people to obtain the identification required to legally work for a living. The existing government structure has been frozen and the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission is a mere political symbol. It is of no use to the Tibetan people, serving only to remind them of the oppression they face, and should be abolished.

Kolas sought the counsel of Representative of HH, the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, Dawa Tsering, to understand the current laws of Taiwan under which Tibetans are regulated and the issues Tibetans face, in order to amend the laws to best reflect their needs. Therefore, she will propose three changes: First, a repeal of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission; Second, an amendment to the Immigration Act; Third, to propose a Refugee Act. Kolas said that Taiwan’s indigenous community is very sympathetic and supportive of the Tibetan people’s plight, and said: “We have also been robbed of our cultures by the Han, and we are all brothers and sisters. In the pursuit of autonomous rule, of course, we must stand together."

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Kolas said that Taiwan’s indigenous community is very sympathetic and supportive of the Tibetan people’s plight, and said: “We have also been robbed of our cultures by the Han, and we are all brothers and sisters. In the pursuit of autonomous rule, of course, we must stand together."