Ketagalan Media: On Human Rights Day: “Stand With Us.”

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On December 10th, 40 years ago in Taiwan, the brave Taiwanese read this list of 30 articles and decided to demonstrate, to stand up against the authoritarian regime of the Chinese Nationalist Party.

They bravely demanded for democracy.
They bravely demanded for freedom.

The peaceful gathering was violently halted by riot police.

Today, several decades after the Formosa Incident, Taiwan has transitioned into a thriving democracy, and a country with deep respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The people of Taiwan have fought against injustices.
And the people of Taiwan continue to fight.

Because despite Taiwan’s triumphs — despite Taiwan’s own government, own territory, own population, own sovereignty — Taiwan remains as an international orphan because of the Chinese Communist Party’s pressure. Taiwan’s hard-fought democracy is constantly under threat, due to the Chinese Communist Party’s sophisticated disinformation tactics. The Chinese Communist Party has never renounced the use of force to annex Taiwan.

The people of Taiwan have fought against injustices.
And the people of Taiwan continue to fight.

Read full speech here:

On Human Rights Day: “Stand With Us.”

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