Taiwan has taken a step forward in promoting human rights by launching the country’s first-ever journal specifically devoted to the cause, a publisher said yesterday.
The journal, which has articles in English and Chinese, aims to enhance people’s understanding of human rights and encourage dialogue between Taiwan and the international community, said Mab Huang (黃默), publisher and editor-in-chief of Taiwan Human Rights Journal, at a launch party.
Scott Fraser, executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, said the biannual publication is a “significant milestone” and described it as an efficient tool that Taiwan can use to reach out to its neighboring countries.
One of the journal’s contributors, Lin Hsin-yi (林欣怡), executive director of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, said that despite media exposure of human rights issues, education is still needed to explain the concept.
The journal is an effort to educate, she said, calling for more resources to be allocated for the promotion of human rights to the general public.
Subjects discussed in the first issue include how Confucianism helped pave the way for the acceptance of human rights in Taiwanese society and the possibility of abolishing the death penalty in the country.
The journal is funded by the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, the European Economic and Trade Office, the Deutsches Institut Taipei and the Council for Cultural Affairs.