Taipei Liaison Office Observes the Human Rights Day by Extending a Helping Hand to the Local Community
Taipei Liaison Office donated hundreds of food parcels and anti-epidemic materials on behalf of the Taiwan Government to residents in South Africa
Mr. Anthony Ho, Acting Representative of the Taipei Liaison Office in the Republic of South Africa, donated hundreds of food parcels and anti-epidemic materials on behalf of the Taiwan Government to residents in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, on December 9, 2020. Local political leaders and community members attended the event to show support for this charity act.
In his speech, Mr. Ho stated that since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December, 1948. The 10th of December is observed every year as the Human Rights Day.
The spirit of the Human Rights Day is to ensure inalienable rights for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, language, social origin, birth or other status. This becomes especially important when the world is facing the Covid-19 pandemic this past year.
The pandemic is a strong reminder that everyone is part of the global village and the humanity has to stand united to tackle this crisis. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Taiwan Government has donated dozens of millions anti-epidemic items, including surgical masks, PPEs, rapid test devices and ventilators to over 80 countries, including South Africa. This action demonstrates the spirit of “Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping.”
Taiwan and South Africa shares the same values of democracy, freedom and human rights, and has a long-time friendship. The Taipei Liaison Office believes “Sharing is Caring” and thus extends a helping hand to the local community by actions.
Taiwan’s charity donation this time demonstrates Taiwan’s outstanding soft power and warm power. It also highlights the spirit of the Human Rights Day, and Taiwan’s willingness and readiness to overcome the pandemic together with South Africa.