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Ma meets protests at human rights event

‘NOT QUALIFIED’:Protesters said Ma did not deserve to be handing out awards for human rights because his administration rode over people’s rights for big business

By Loa Iok-sin, Shih Hsiu-chuan and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters and Staff writer, with CNA

“Despite the efforts, there are always points we overlooked,” Ma said, saying that his administration will spare no efforts to protect human rights. “We won’t be able to sustain our democracy if we do not have human rights.”

The government-affiliated Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) established the ADHRA in 2006 to encourage individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promotion of democracy and human rights through peaceful means in Asia.

On behalf of ECPAT International, Crombie received a trophy from Ma and a cash prize of US$100,000 from Legislative Speaker and TFD chairman Wang Jyn-pyng (王金平).

ECPAT International is the leading global network working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Founded in 1991 as a campaign to stop child sex tourism in Asia, ECPAT has broadened its mandate to include the protection of children from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

The ECPAT network has expanded to include more than 80 members in more than 75 countries worldwide, from only four groups in the early 1990s.

Since 2004, the ECPAT has held special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC). Its secretariat is now based in Bangkok, Thailand.

During Ma’s speech, he said that he was also concerned about the human rights situation in China because “human rights have no borders.”

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