I sent this letter to the editor of the Taiwan Journal, which is the government (GIO) weekly newspaper. Since it involves human rights (if that phase has any meaning in Taiwan anymore, which I doubt, it has been trivialized out of meaning) I will post it here.
Brian L. Kennedy
Dear Editor of Taiwan Journal ,
Usually I would not spend my time writing letters to the editor for free. But this article is so offensive that I will make an exception. I refer to this piece:
Group addresses human rights in Taiwan
Story Type:National Affairs;
Now before commenting on the specifics of this article let me make some disclosers. First, many members of the Chinese Association for Human Rights are my personal friends and I have great respect for their human rights work over the past few years; i.e. since it become safe and chic to be for human rights. The five years I worked for Amnesty International in Taiwan (1994-1999) I had outstanding working relations with CAHR.
Now having said that, the facts in the article can best be described using the colloquial phrase “utter bullsh*t”. The article opens with this paragraph:
The Chinese Association for Human Rights was established by a group of concerned citizens that wanted human-rights issues to be addressed in Taiwan. CAHR was formed during a global upsurge of human-right movements in the late 1970s. It was a major player in the evolution of human rights awareness and practice in Taiwan. After two decades, the association continues to play a vital role steering human-rights advocacy, consultation and education.
In fact, and anyone my age (45) or older ought to know this, CAHR was formed by the Kumingtang government, not