Sign-On Petition re: Formosa Plastics and Justice for Vietnamese Fishing Communities 

This petition letter is addressed to government officials in Taiwan, who have the power to restore rights to Vietnamese fishing communities who were negatively impacted by pollution from Formosa Plastics. The full text of the letter and its addressees can be found here. Full body text included below

Dear Ministers, Chairperson, and Representative,

We are writing this letter as the voice of the people to request your assistance on the terrible injustice brought on the Vietnamese fishermen, victims of the Formosa Plastics environmental disaster in 2016. 

The "Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation", a subsidiary of the Taiwanese firm Formosa Plastics, admitted responsibility for the release of toxic chemicals into the Vietnamese coastline and agreed to pay 500 million USD in compensation. Unfortunately, Formosa paid the Vietnamese government directly instead of the victims.

Thus far, the impacted fishermen and their families have not been compensated fairly. When they sued the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp., their cases were dismissed. When these victims appealed the dismissal, many of them were arrested, brutally beaten, and even imprisoned with heavy sentences ranging from 5 to 20 years. Currently, more than twenty victims are in prison only because they were seeking justice.

With assistance from overseas Vietnamese and organizations such as the Justice for Formosa’s Victims Association in the United States, in June 2019, 7,874 victims filed a lawsuit against the Formosa Plastic Group in Taiwanese Court.

As a request from Formosa Group’s Attorney, in May 2020, the Taiwanese Supreme Court required the Plaintiffs to authenticate their Power of Attorneys (POA), which allows individuals to authorize other people to represent or act on their behalf. This decision was deemed legitimate by the Supreme Court for a small number of Vietnamese plaintiffs who live in Taiwan, and they were allowed to continue the lawsuit against the 13 Taiwan-based defendants, including the parent company, Formosa Plastics Corp. 

However, most of the Plaintiffs who live in Vietnam found themselves excluded from the case before the Taiwanese Court, because POA authentication from Vietnam as a prerequisite for continuing their lawsuit is almost impossible for such victims to fulfill.

For nearly 7 years, the fish have not returned plentiful enough that the fishermen can work a way of life that was handed down by their ancestors for generations. They have to go to the southern provinces or go to Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, and China to work. Children must live far away from their fathers, mothers, or both. Children grow up without parents to love and care for them. Many children have dropped out of school because their parents can no longer afford to pay.

The fishermen hope to be compensated so that they can return home to rebuild their families and villages.  Their overriding desire is that the health of the sea be restored and there is a semblance of the peaceful life they lived before the arrival of the Formosa company.

We condemn the Vietnamese government that failed to address the country's worst environmental disaster. We condemn the violence they used against victims of this environmental tragedy. We also condemn Formosa Plastics for making a deal with the Vietnamese government to avoid their responsibility.

We respectfully urge the Taiwanese government to lower or remove legal barriers for foreign plaintiffs so that these victims may have access to justice.

Respectfully,

Justice For Formosa’s Victims
The World Forum of Fisherman
San Antonio Bay Estuarine Water Keepers
Vietnamese Community of Houston and vicinity
Viet Tan
Sierra Club
The Federation of Vietnamese American Communities of the USA, Inc.
Liên Danh Quyết Tiến
Liên Danh Thế Hệ Trẻ.
Healthy Gulf
EarthWorks
Rise Saint James
VOICE CANADA
Vietnamese Canadian Center
Vietnamese Literary & Artistic Club
Texas Campaign for the Environment

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