Focus Taiwan: Taiwan rated as only Asian country open to civil rights

In an interview with CNA, Josef Benedict, Civic Space Researcher for CIVICUS, said Taiwan has performed “so much better” than other Asian countries in the field of protecting its people’s civil rights and freedom of expression.

Taiwan is a “safe space for human rights defenders” and has a critical role to play in Asia in terms of human rights protection, he said.

However, there is room for improvement in safeguarding the rights of migrant workers in Taiwan, especially those working aboard fishing vessels, Benedict said.

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