US-born ROC cit­i­zen, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist, an­nounces bid for Leg­is­la­ture

The China Post - - LOCAL -

En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist and lawyer Robin Win­kler, who gave up his U.S. cit­i­zen­ship to be­come a nat­u­ral­ized Repub­lic of China cit­i­zen in 2003, be­came the first-ever for­eign-born in­di­vid­ual in Tai­wan Tues­day to throw his hat into the leg­isla­tive elec­tion of 2016.

It is the sec­ond time Win­kler has de­cided to run for a seat in the Leg­is­la­ture.

Win­kler had sought to run in a leg­isla­tive by-elec­tion in Taipei in 2009 but was re­jected by the Taipei City Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, which cited the Public Elec­tion and Re­call Act, un­der which a for­eigner has to have been nat­u­ral­ized for 10 years be­fore he is al­lowed to run in lo­cal elec­tions.

The 60 year-old, who has a Ph.D. in law from the Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver, ar­rived in Tai­wan in 1977 and has been living here ever since. He is a mem­ber of the Green Party Tai­wan.

He founded the Wild at Heart Legal De­fense As­so­ci­a­tion in late 2003 and served as a mem­ber of an En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion com­mit­tee tasked with eval­u­at­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of devel­op­ment projects from 2005-2007.

The founder of the Win­kler Part­ners law firm has been a vo­cal critic of ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture proj- ects, in­clud­ing For­mosa Plas­tics Group’s sixth naph­tha crack­ing com­plex in south­ern Tai­wan’s Yun­lin County.

He has also crit­i­cized the gov­ern­ment for al­ly­ing it­self with en­ter­prises and pres­sur­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers to rush en­vi­ron­men­tal eval­u­a­tions through.


Robin J. Win­kler ( ), a long-time en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and U.S-born na­tion­al­ized Tai­wanese cit­i­zen for 10 years, yes­ter­day be­came the first for­eigner to run for a leg­isla­tive po­si­tion in the R.O.C.

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