Appeal to UN：
Save Lo-sheng Sanatorium！
On Monday, 2 August, the Advisory Committee will discuss revised draft guidelines to prevent discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. And will to be submitted to the Council at its fifteenth session in September 2010. At the same time, the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Brasilia was 2 August finished, its consideration of nominations for the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger also attract focus over the world.
These news really attract the view sight form the persons who were affected by leprosy, also called Hansen’s Diseases, because some NGOs from Japan, US, Norway, Malaysia, Korea, etc had a workshop last year in Taiwan to concentrate” the destroys and evictions of Lo-sheng” and talking about “the possibility” the nominations of Transnational World Heritage for global leprosy historical sites to prevent the evictions continuing happen all over world.
Resisting Closure of LoSheng
It’s famous of the ”Resisting Closure of Lo-Sheng sanatorium (樂生院)” which was reported by Lee Ten-Pei(李添培), the president of IDEA Taiwan, in the 17th world leprosy congress 2008 in India। The Resist was from 2004 to now for sixes years by the residents of Lo-Sheng and attracted many helps from Taiwan civil society and international helps from Japan, Korea, India, Malaysia and US, especially from NIPPON FUNDATION,COHRE and IDEA International।
Please note the discrimination from Medical staff
In 2006, the people who were segregated by Japan colonial period in losheng of Taiwan and Sorok Island of South Korea, they got win judgment for Human rights violations in past Then residents of Losheng and, IDEA Taiwan start drafted” Hansen’s Diseases human rights protection and Compensation Ordinance” which included: A formal apologize from the government , Compensations for Housing rights and no Evictions, Lifetime health caring for all the survivors, Preserving the sanatorium as a national memorial Monuments
This Ordinance till to18 July 2008 finally been passed in Legislated Yan in Taiwan, but been cut out the main bill of Housing rights no Evictions and the Preserving the sanatorium as a national memorial Monuments It was proved that government just wants give some money and evict the resident to leave Losheng to let MRT go through.
Recently, the quality of medical care is more and more worsening। Most ex-patients got just a few Compensations but the Department of Health think they can fail to implement a nursing care responsibility.
The another case happened with Mr. Lu, the Vice President of ex-patients organization. Mr. lu got early stages of cancer two months ago but the hospital staff claimed he is in terminal cancer and tell his families already start gave him palliative care and let him become more serious, in finally his families discovered the misstatements
Lo-Sheng is in emergency again
Except worrying about the worsening nursing conditions and environments, Recently Losheng have happened seriously geological damages, slips and houses cracks because the MRT construction is in this इयर
Regardless of the Public opinions wish to save Lo-sheng Sanatorium, the Taiwan government continued to built MRT contracture and dug the hillside, where already had Experts warn it located on a fault earthquake Shear rupture zone. Dug the hillside will attract chain reactions.
The leprosy historical sites ‘meets’ UNESCO criteria
The Leprosy historical segregation sites even more early than Nazi's concentration camp which UNESCO have designated to be the World Heritage for educating the next generations. At the workshop for Losheng in 2009, the participants cam from different countries and all concentrated with the basic human rights with the old generation who affected by Hansen’s Diseases, and talking about how to avoid the evictions in the world. At the workshop all exports recognized that LoSheng and all the Hansen’s Disease historical sites are worth to be appointed to be World Heritage.
Nishimura Yukio, former vice president of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) said that Lo-Sheng and all the Hansen’s Disease historical sites in the world maybe ‘meets’ UNESCO criteria (ii)(iii)(iv)(v) associative value : While the sanatorium is not a ‘masterpiece of creative genius’ nor a ‘testimony to a cultural tradition,’ it does have other valuable traits, such as universal values, and special medical items, also match with human rights and the development of civilization and multiple complex projects. he suggested that” International organizations can refer to these values from the depth exposition and promotion.
Appeal to international:Save Lo-sheng Sanatorium！
Now, Losheng is really in emergency and wish appeal to the international Concern :
"Please help us appeal to Taiwan authorities to stop building the MRT structure””It is not help for "Public Benefit" but a "Big Lie" just help for politicians and the consortium
Losheng हवे हद 80 years this year but maybe it will be the last year and disappear forever！ Please help us to save Losheng even consider promoting transnational World heritage for all the leprosy historical sites to stop evictions any more. Please give the “Dignity” to all the elders.
The Youths alliance wish appeal to the Taiwan authorities” the elders were Sacrifice for Public health in the past. Now, don’t Sacrifice and abandon the elders again. Let them get good nursing care in their last years