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NHRM stages Taiwan-Germany Human Rights Education Workshop

MOC Deputy Minister Peng Chun-heng (right) and Katrin Budde, a member of the German parliament who chairs its Culture and Media Affairs Committee, take part in the opening of Taiwan-German Human Rights Education Workshop Oct. 30 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of MOC)
MOC Deputy Minister Peng Chun-heng (right) and Katrin Budde, a member of the German parliament who chairs its Culture and Media Affairs Committee, take part in the opening of Taiwan-German Human Rights Education Workshop Oct. 30 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of MOC)
 
Taiwan-German Human Rights Education Workshop opened Oct. 30 in Taipei City, featuring participants discussing strategies for raising awareness of the need to better protect fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups, as well as transitional justice.
 
Organized by the National Human Rights Museum under the Ministry of Culture, the two-day event is themed Transformation and Rebirth of Difficult Memories: Challenges for Human Rights Museums. It is being staged at National Taiwan University in Daan District.
 
The lineup of overseas attendees includes Katrin Budde, a member of the German parliament who chairs its Culture and Media Affairs Committee; Anna Kaminsky, managing director of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany; Niels Schwiderski, director of Stasi Records Agency; Manfred Wichmann, curator of the Berlin Wall Foundation; Adam Kerpel-Fronius, director of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.
 
MOC Deputy Minister Peng Chun-heng said the workshop is an invaluable platform for Taiwan and Germany to cooperate closely on advancing human rights. This collaboration is a natural extension of the MOC’s ongoing efforts to promote related education measures in Taiwan while working with all segments of society in ensuring civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights are protected, he added.
 
Sabrina Schmidt-Koschella, deputy director general of German Institute Taipei, welcomed the staging of the event and said it augurs well for enhanced Taiwan-Germany exchanges going forward. Such initiatives are effective ways of sharing NHRM’s rich archival resources with the world, as well strengthening human rights education, she added.
 
NHRM is the country’s primary facility for collecting and preserving historical documents and materials relating to human rights from the end of 50 years of Japanese colonial rule Aug. 15, 1945, to the lifting of martial law five years after Taiwan proper in outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands Nov. 7, 1992. It is also responsible for researching and revitalizing sites where significant rights violations occurred as well as managing Green Island White Terror Memorial Park in Taitung County, southeastern Taiwan, and Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park in New Taipei City.
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