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Human Rights Museum to be opened on May 17

By Su Fang-ho and Jonathan Chin

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) yesterday announced that a National Human Rights Museum is to be formally founded on May 17 next year in Jingmei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park (景美人權文化園區) in New Taipei City and the Green Island Human Rights Culture ParkFULL STORY

Illiberal democracies rising: RSF

By Chen Wei-han

The spread of illiberal democracy across the globe coincides with the rise of populist tendencies in many democratic countries, and countries like Taiwan should maintain a vibrant democratic culture, free press and welfare system to resist it, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) chairman Pierre Haski saidFULL STORY

Aboriginal campaigners plant lilies on 291st day of protest against land policy

By Lin Chia-nan

Amis singer Panai Kusui and other campaigners yesterday planted sprouts of Taiwanese indigenous lilies at the 228 Memorial Park in Taipei to mark International Human Rights Day and the 291st day of their campout for the return of traditional Aboriginal territory. To protest the government’s regulationsFULL STORY

INTERVIEW: Bersih 2.0 coalition hopes to strengthen its base with award money

By Stacy Hsu

Despite living in a nation overshadowed by ethnic divides and a long-lived, corrupt ruling party that cracks down on activists, representatives of the Malaysia-based Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) showed themselves unfazed, saying that they are convinced that people’s dream for aFULL STORY

Malaysia’s Bersih 2.0 wins Taiwan’s democracy award

This year’s Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award was yesterday presented to the Malaysia-based Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, better known as Bersih 2.0, which said protecting rights and freedoms, and fulfilling promises to the people, are the core issues facing democratic governments. Bersih 2.0FULL STORY

Lawmakers urge slashing minesweeper project budget

By Peng Wan-hsin, Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers on Saturday proposed to slash defense budgets allocated to Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co’s (慶富造船) minesweeper program, after the beleaguered contractor missed Friday’s deadline for a bond obligation. The shipbuilder has been embroiled in a series of scandals: It is the subjectFULL STORY

Subsidy to private facilities panned

By Shelley Shan

A policy proposed by five of the nation’s six special municipalities to raise subsidies for private childcare facilities has been harshly criticized by some advocacy groups, which say that the move goes against the government’s policy of expanding access to public childcare facilities. The Awakening FoundationFULL STORY

Social care needs help: Ko

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said the Taipei City Government aims to work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to take care of children and elderly people so that workers can go to their jobs without worrying. Ko made the remark yesterday morningFULL STORY

Taipei police quash nightlife violence

By Jason Pan

Taipei police were busy from Saturday night to early yesterday morning with a number of violent incidents involving crowds at nightclubs in the city’s east end, where scuffles broke out and some vehicles were damaged. Police said they responded to calls yesterday at about 4am regardingFULL STORY

Hackers compete to find solutions for farmers

By Lin Chia-nan

The “farm hackathon” held by the Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday came to an end after running for 33 consecutive hours, with 37 teams of hackers competing to find new solutions to problems in the agriculture sector. The contest took place at Taipei Co-Space (臺北創新實驗室) inFULL STORY

Dermal filler injection causes woman to go blind

By Lee I-chia

A woman in her 40s who had hyaluronic acid injected into her forehead suddenly suffered severe pain and lost all sight in her left eye, local media reported yesterday. The woman received the injection at an aesthetic medical clinic to “plump up” her forehead, but claimedFULL STORY

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