Human Rights are generally protected and respected in Taiwan. Freedoms of assembly and expression are observed, although protesters can be prosecuted for failing to obtain a permit or obey police orders to disperse under the Assembly and Parade Law. Taiwanese academics are generally allowed to write and lecture without interference, and residents are free to practice their faiths. Although civil society groups are required to register with the government, registration is often granted easily and ngos normally operate without harassment. The police largely refrain from arbitrary detention, and lawyers are allowed to monitor interrogations to prevent abuses. The Taiwanese Constitution provides for the equality of all citizens. Six seats in the legislature are reserved for
indigenous people, giving them representation that exceeds their share of the population. However, some aspects need improvement. One worrying trend is, although the number of executions had dropped since 2002 and the country gave no death sentences during 2006-2009, the issue of death penalty resumed in 2010, with five people executed in 2011. Taiwan has yet to achieve gender equality, as women still face job discrimination and receive lower pay than men on average. Moreover, the island continues to be a destination for human trafficking, and a large number of foreign workers in the country are without legal protection from abuses by employers.