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Taiwan’s human rights improved, the elite say

Staff Writer, with CNA

The country’s human rights situation this year was given a higher mark by the country’s elite compared with last year, a survey released yesterday showed.

The people surveyed were randomly selected from Who’s Who in Taiwan, published by the Central News Agency, according to Shih Hsin University, which was commissioned by the government-funded Taiwan Foundation for Democracy to carry out the survey. Those interviewed included academics, business leaders and lawmakers.

On a scale of one to five, with five being the best score, the 200 people asked to evaluate the country’s overall human rights situation this year gave an overall score of 3.42 points, higher than the 3.34 points given in a similar survey last year.

Education rights received the highest score, at 4.02 points, -followed by political rights at 3.76, civil liberty at 3.64 and economic rights at 3.37.

The right to protect one’s environment received the lowest score, at 2.8 points, while the rights of disadvantaged people received 3.05 points and labor rights received 3.21 points.

Kao Yuang-kuang (高永光) of National Chengchi University’s Graduate Institute of Development Studies said the nation continued to attach greater importance to economic rights than the rights of environmental protection, labor and disadvantaged people.

This suggested that efforts should be made to advocate for human rights in the more--neglected areas.

The survey was conducted during October and last month.

A second survey will canvass the opinons of randomly selected, “average” people.

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