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Presbyterian Church to hold rally for 30-year-old declaration

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A fellowship composed of several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Kaohsiung City Councilors, Kaohsiung City Government officials, DPP legislators and the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan yesterday announced a plan to hold a large-scale rally on Sunday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the church's declaration on human rights.

Reverend Chen Sheng-cheng (陳勝政) told a press conference that the declaration, which was issued on Aug 16, 1977, was worthy of commemoration because it was sent to then US president Jimmy Carter and other world leaders amid worsening diplomatic relations between the US and Taiwan.

Chen said the declaration was significant because it was the first document from Taiwan to point out the fact that "Taiwan may become a new and independent country."

The declaration requested that Carter "continue to uphold the principles of human rights while pursuing the `normalization of relationships with communist China' and insist on guaranteeing the security, independence and freedom of the people of Taiwan."

The document also declared that the future of the nation should be determined by the people of Taiwan.

The fellowship said Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) and several pro-independence groups, including the Taiwan-UN Alliance, the Hand-in-Hand To Safeguard Taiwan Alliance and the Taiwan Professor's Association will also join the rally along the Love River in Kaohsiung.

The church said it will also invite President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) to the rally.

As of Monday, 9,908 people had signed up for the rally, the Church said.

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