As the supreme supervisory body of the country, the Control Yuan (CY) maintains an independence and impartial position, and handles people’s complaints properly. The CY exercises its constitutional powers of impeachment, censure, and audit, and proposes corrective measures to oversee government, effectively achieving good governance, protecting human rights and fighting corruption.
For the whole of 2021, the exercise of the supervisory power is as follows: 14,403 people’s complaints received; 244 investigation reports issued; 16 impeachment cases passed resulting in a total of 28 officials impeached; 78 corrective measures proposed with 199 letters calling for improvement sent and a total of 56 officials punished by the ministries and agencies; 10,326 cases of property declaration by public servants handled; 1,238 cases of recusal for conflicts of interest handled; 118 accounting reports of political donation handled.
The CY proactively and promptly responds to social issues, while promoting digital transformation initiatives to diversify its services. For example, receiving people’s complaints by videoconferencing achieves petitioning without distance and communication without barriers; cooperating with the Ministry of Justice to receive the first petition from inmates protects the rights of inmates and implements the human rights conventions; transferring impeachment cases to the Disciplinary Court through the online transfer system significantly improves administrative efficiency; the CY also overcomes the limitations of time and space through live streams and the online systems to promote the Sunshine Acts and provide better convenient services to the public.
It is our mission to uphold justice and protect human rights. Based on the universal human rights values and international human rights conventions, the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) is committed to implementing the constitutional protection of people’s rights. For example, it organized the 2021 International Conference on Human Rights Development; the Forum on International Practice of OPCAT-NPM & Human Rights of Fishermen; the Taiwan Human Rights PLUS series of events in celebration of International Human Rights Day.
The NHRC achievements in human rights protection and promotion also include the release of the independent opinion on the Second National Report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); the first human rights investigation report on unlawful administrative detention of Lin Shui-chuan; the Migrant Fishers Human Rights Special Report. The NHRC even cooperated with the Ministry of Education to jointly promote UN human rights education.
In the past year, as the world continued to be affected by the epidemic, the CY still actively participated in many activities for its international visibility, including a videoconference with APOR Regional President Peter Boshier, the Taiwan-UK International Human Rights virtual meeting, the 33rd APOR Members’ Meeting, the 12th World Conference of IOI, and the 4th EU-Taiwan Human Rights Consultation. We also strengthened our cooperation with the Office of the New Zealand Ombudsman; reached consensus on Taiwan-France cooperation and exchange; published the Chinese version of Research Handbook on the Ombudsman; and received a delegation from the French Senate, and representatives in Taiwan of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The year 2021 marks the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the CY. Designed with the pandemic policy, we organized a series of activities, including the 90th Anniversary Symposium and the publication of the 90th Anniversary Special Issue. Looking forward to the future, the CY and NHRC expect to exchange with all sectors of society, protect human rights, promote innovations of the supervisory power, give voice to more disadvantaged people, and work together to implement social justice.
President, Control Yuan
Chair, National Human Rights Commission
Part 1 2021 Highlights: An Overview of Work Performance 2
Part 2 R.O.C. Supervision System in Brief 4
Part 3 Our Performance 10
Handling Complaints and Assuring Good Governance 10 Receipt of People’s Complaints 10
Impeachment, Censure, and Corrective Measures 15
Circuit Supervision 21
Sunshine Acts 28
Property-Declaration by Public Servants 30
Conflicts of Interest 32
Political Donations 33
Human Rights Protection 35
Control Yuan 90th Anniversary 45
International Exchange 49
Part 4 Case Summaries: Bringing Our Powers to Bear 58
Reducing Public Expenditures 58
Case 1: Tongxiao Seawater Aquaculture Zone Planning Delay:
Miaoli County Government Receives Corrections from CY
for Improvement 58
Case 2: CY Investigation into Betel Quid Management and
Prevention Urges Government to Enact Special Law on
Control of Betel Quid Hazards 59
Upholding Discipline 60
Case 1: Air Force Pilot Killed in Fighter Jet Crash Leads to CY
Corrections and Impeachment 60
Case 2: CY Investigation into Sudden Death of Overworked Editor
at Jinshan District Office: Basic Right to Health of Civil
Service Personnel Must Be Protected 62
Safeguarding Human Rights 63
Case 1: Investigation into Disabled People’s Difficulties in Opening
Accounts with Financial Institutions: CY Urges for
Case 2: Rights and Interests of Children in Placement Must Be
Protected: CY Investigation into Child Abuse by Childcare Workers in Emergency Placement 65