Radio Taiwan Internatinal
Date: 21 October, 2019
By: John Van Trieste
The International Federation for Human Rights has opened its 40th annual congress in Taipei. Thefederation, also known by its French acronym FIDH, is an NGO that aims to defend human rights worldwide.
The federation says it has chosen Taiwan to host this year’s conference because Taiwan is a democratic country with a vigorous civil society. Therefore, it said, Taiwan stands in sharp contrast to some of its neighbors. The federation also says that Taiwan has become one of the most democratic and progressive countries in Asia.
President Tsai Ing-wen gave an address at the conference’s opening ceremony on Monday. She spoke about her administration’s work to further human rights protections in Taiwan.
The president highlighted efforts to end workplace discrimination against women, as well as work to advance judicial reform, strengthen the social safety net, and expand protections for the disadvantaged. In addition, Tsai spoke about Taiwan’s legalization of same-sex marriage, a first in Asia. [FULL STORY]