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Su, Tsai: human rights are the true measure of a nation’s riches
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-12-11 12:12 PM
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang marked International Human Rights Day Tuesday with a speech in which he criticized the Ma Ying-jeou government for largely ignoring the two human rights treaties it has signed with the United Nations. Su pointed out that under the ruling KMT the number of major violations of human rights in Taiwan have increased and that given the country's poor performance as judged by the two conventions, the two agreements are little more than fig leafs for the Ma administration.

Su and former DPP Chairman Tsai Ing-wen both posted messages on Facebook as part of their observance of International Human Rights Day conversation in face book. Su pointed out that no one has been called to task in the Dapo demolition incident or the death of conscript, Hung Chung-yao and that nothing has been done to put a stop to arbitrary and illegal eavesdropping by government agencies. He said that shows that human rights in Taiwan are going backwards a step at a time under the Ma administration and democracy itself faces a serious crisis, and the situation for human rights is even worse..

Su noted that the 2013 Survey of Indicators of Freedom and Human Rights released by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy showed that the lowest score among the 34 topics covered in the survey of the general population was on concern for corruption in the government. This shows, said Su, that people generally believe that corruption is a serious problem in government agencies.

Su said that the issue of human rights in Taiwan is still far from being resolved, and hit out at the Ma administration for holding up the two conventions on human rights as a fig leaf to cover up its inaction on the problem. The government’s failure to take positive steps to guarantee human rights has contributed to social anxiety and discontent, said Su, and it is eroding the hard-won democracy and freedoms the older generation in Taiwan has struggled to achieve.

Tsai pointed out that International Human Rights Day is also the anniversary of the Kaoshiung Incident in Taiwan. She noted that in the past many brave souls have struggled to win freedom and democracy and have worked to ensure that people can lead lives free of fear and anxiety. She said this should inspire us all to work even harder in the pursuit of fairness and justice,

Tsai said the true sign of glory for a country is not how much it has piled up in riches and assets, but rather what it can offer its citizens in the way of human rights, freedom and equality. She emphasized that it is everyone's job to protect these treasures, and we can do it if we resolve to work together.

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