Sat, Dec 14, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Top human rights survey points to moderate growth


Taiwan has made moderate progress in protecting political human rights over the past year, according to a survey released by the Chinese Association for Human Rights.

The non-profit association published the second and last survey of Taiwan's human rights index for 2002 at the Legislature yesterday. The first survey, on the nation's human rights conditions in five categories -- education and culture, women's rights, economic rights, judicial rights and environmental rights -- was published on Tuesday to mark World Human Rights Day.

The second survey unveiled the assessment of human rights in Taiwan regarding politics, the elderly, the disabled and laborers.

On a scale of one to five, with three representing "generally satisfactory," Taiwan scored a 2.86 in political human rights, up slightly from last year's score of 2.65.

The assessment on political human rights was subdivided into five categories -- civil rights and freedom, equality, effectiveness of politics, democratic consolidation and objectivity of the media. Among these categories, Taiwan received its highest score in civil rights and freedom at 3.21, representing the only category in which it achieved a score of higher than 3.

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