UCAN: Bishops call on gov’t, Catholics to heed migrants' rights - Catholic Online: "TAIPEI, Taiwan (UCAN) – Taiwan's bishops have urged the government to protect migrant workers' rights by amending labor laws in accordance with international conventions.
In their recently released pastoral letter, the church leaders also asked local Catholics to treat migrant workers fairly.
Migration is a way people can improve their standard of living, the bishops note in the document, 'Concern for Migrant Workers and Immigrants,' released May 16. In Asia, however, migrant workers usually are not allowed to become permanent residents in their host country, they observe, saying this infringes on human rights.
Father John Chen Kun-chen, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Taiwan, told UCA News May 22 that the pastoral letter encourages parishioners in Taiwan's seven dioceses to regard migrants as their neighbors."