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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
People are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Therefore, we can live with dignity in any place over the world.

In the Spring of 1979, Mr. Hang Li-Wu, a leading figure on human rights and hundreds of other advocates established the Chinese Association for Human Rights (CAHR), the first non-governmental human rights organization in Taipei, Taiwan. In the domestic realm, until the eventful protest of the Kaohsiung Incident in 1979, Taiwan had experienced considerable economic growth as well as in the sphere of political development. This incident took place as a result of the intensive conflicts between the government and the civil society as greater respect for human rights was demanded by the general populace. The international environment also witnessed dramatic change when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter began to promote foreign policy that placed human rights as priority. Carter’s approach could be regarded as a significant break from the past perception of human rights. Even though this was sometimes criticized for having double standards, it nonetheless helped facilitate the respect and emphasize the value of human rights worldwide. Thus, as a response to both domestic demand and international emphasis on human rights, the CAHR was founded.

The major goals of CAHR are to secure, facilitate and promote human rights based on the respect of their value acknowledged in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The first chairman (1979~1981): Hang, Li-Wu
The second chairman (1981~1983):Hang, Li-Wu
The third chairman (1983~1985): Hang, Li-Wu
The fourth chairman (1985~1987):Hang, Li-Wu
The fifth chairman (1987~1989): Hang, Li-Wu
The sixth chairman (1989~1991): Hang, Li-Wu
The seventh chairman (1991~1993): Cha, Liang-Jiang
The eighth chairman (1993~1995):  Gao, Yu-Ren
The ninth chairman (1995~1997): Gao, Yu-Ren
The tenth chairman (1997~1999): Chai, Song-Lin
The eleventh chairman (1999~2002): Chai, Song-Lin
The twelfth chairman (2002~2005): Xu, Wen-Bin
The thirteenth chairman (2005~2008): Li, Yung-Ran
The fourteenth chairman (2008~2011): Li, Yung-Ran
The fifteen chairman(2011~2014):Su,Yiu-Chen
The sixteen chairman(2014~2017):Li,Yung-Ran
The seventeen chairman(2017~): Ling, Tian-Cia

The 17th (2017~ ) Incumbent Director:Tian-Cia Ling

Vice DirectorChung-Chuan Cha

Executive member on Bord of Directs

Yung-Ran LeeYuang-Kuang KaoYu-Chin KoTai-Shuenn YangChih-Chieh Chou


Member on Board of Directors

Ya-Li Lu Chin-Feng YehFong-Chi ChuMeng-Keui LeeFu-Dien LeeHsueh-Chiao Wang Hui-Lin WuChen-Huang LinChen-Ming Cheng

Tien-Tsai LinTing-Kuo FengYun-Tsai ChouChiu-I WangYean-Sen TengHsiao-Yuen FengYu-Jen KaoYu-Ting  ShenHsueh-Chiao Wang


Alternate Directors

Ching -An LeeShih-Chang ChenXian-Ren LeeBai-Qiang ZhuTracy ChenLian-Sheng QiWen-Xin Lee


Executive SupervisorShao-Yu Wang



Tchong-Koei LeeHsiao-Rung YangShu-Cheng Liu Pen-Ching LeeChao-Chin SuErh-Wei Lo


Alternate Supervisors

Peng-Hsiang HsuTun-Ti Liang 


(1) promotion of human rights
In order to promote the idea of human rights, the CAHR has organized various events such as conferences, speeches, debates and forums. More specifically, we hold series of activities on every human rights related holidays, such as World Refugee Day, International Day of Indigenous People, and Human Rights Day, as well as periodically publish books of human rights code and reports on human rights. We also set up website (http://www.cahr.org.tw) to provide up-to-date human rights information and activities. For example, the Human Rights Quarterly not only introduces articles and information relating to human rights, but also publicizes recent activities of the CAHR. Not to be forgotten, we publish the TOPS Newsletter to report our achievements and services provided at Thailand-Burma border.

Besides, for instilling a sense of human rights to the young generations, we organized event like painting competition – “Learning about Human Rights – Happy Childhood”, for children to appreciate their human rights. Another event we held is “Educating Children about Human Rights” in elementary schools. We also publish cartoon – “Chi-Chi Tells You about Human Rights” and other materials like “Teacher Guide to Human Rights Education” for similar purpose.

In short, by promoting the idea of human rights through entertaining activities, we attempt to influence more people and arouse their interest in knowing more about human rights.

(2) advancement of related human rights laws
The CAHR urges parliament to draft bills related to human rights issues. In 1998, the “Innocent Victims Compensation Law” was passed in the Legislative Yuan. In 2008, we convene a conference for the current session to draft the “National Human Rights Commission Organic Law”. In addition, “Pardon Law” and “Asylum Law” are under consideration.

(3) human rights research and surveys
To generate greater concerns in Taiwan’s human rights condition, we launched an annual survey of expert opinions on human rights starting from 1991. In the beginning, the survey contained 7 human rights indicators, under the category of women, children, community, judiciary, political, economic and education. In 1998, human rights of the elderly, environment, and people with disability were also included. Finally, in 2007, human rights of the indigenous people were added to the survey. Overall, a total of 11 human rights indicators are of our concerns.

(4) legal services
We provide legal consultation services, or we can refer you to other relevant organizations and groups, who may be able to assist you with your legal matter so as to protect your own rights. Together with Liming Foundation, we hold quarterly forum on “Caring Human Rights, Protecting Interests”.

(5) international human rights events
In collecting and disseminating international information about human rights, and presenting our efforts to the world community, we act as an active participant in international human rights events and establish communication channels with our international human rights organizations. In concrete, we pay visits to international human rights organizations, receive international human rights representatives who come to Taiwan, and not only attend but also organize international human rights meetings as well.

(6) international humanitarian aid
The Thai Chinese Refugee Service (TCRS), set up by the CAHR in 1980, provides assistance, services and aid to refugee camps located in Thai-Burma border. Since 1994, after the transformation of the TCRS to Taipei Overseas Peace Service (TOPS), the service has been extended to people in developing regions and victims in post-conflict areas. In addition to the service provided in Thailand, the TOPS also sends its personnel to Cambodia and African countries as well. Our main missions are to supply vocational training, teacher training, social services and emergency relief projects. Recently, the TOPS has also augmented its service in Latin America. By doing so, we hope to devote more efforts in the practice of human rights in the international arena. We also hold charity activities each year in response to the World Refugee Day with the hope to raise more public awareness of the refugees.

(7) service to aboriginal people
In June 1999, the CAHR published the first Report on Human Rights of Aboriginals. The report is composed of report on 30 aboriginal villages in the mountain regions and other 25 on plain areas. In the same year, the “Taiwan Aboriginal Service” was established in October. It invested substantial resources to the problems confronted by the aboriginals during the reconstruction period after the 921 Earthquake. Furthermore, the Taiwan Aboriginal Service also holds conferences regarding issues related to the aborigine, hoping to reinforce the importance of aboriginal issues in Taiwan.

The CAHR is a benchmark in the evolution of political, economic and social development in Taiwan and has its place that should not be neglected. Nowadays, human rights represent more the rights of living, as well as dignity, freedom, and a person’s right to development. The spread of the common value of human rights has also become a universal goal of all nations in the international community.

Since 1979, the CAHR has addressed itself to the spread of human rights values, promoting legislations related to human rights, showing our concerns and assisting the human rights events. The CAHR also presents researches on current human rights status in Taiwan, cooperates with other domestic and foreign human rights organizations, and provides indigenous and legal services. The CAHR founded TCRS in 1980 and transformed it into TOPS in 1994. The TOPS continuously sends out trained personnel and resources to Thai-Burma to help the refugees. With donations coming from all around the world, we have been able to continue our mission for over 20 years.

Looking for the future, the CAHR aims to deepen its work into different dimensions. We would like to emphasize the importance of human rights education so its value could be noticed and further rooted in the society. We look forward to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors with regard to different gender, ethnic, and classes. There are still many tasks to be carried our in the future. Thereby, all volunteers are welcomed to join us and devote their efforts to pursue the realization of respect for human rights.

We believe that all human beings are born with the right to live with dignity. And we sincerely hope, with your kindly help, we can do more and be better in the promotion of the universal value of human rights.

Chinese Association for Human Rights
Tel:886-2-2393-3676   ;   Fax:886-2-2395-7399
Address:4F-3, No.23, Sec. 1, Hangchow S. Rd., Taipei, 10053, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Website:http://www.cahr.org.tw/   ;   E-mail:humanright@cahr.org.tw


If you would like to help us, please make your donation to:

Account No: 01556781
Account Name: Chinese Association for Human Rights
Account No.: 19398472
Account Name: Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Group (TIPG)
Account No.: 18501135
Account Name: Taipei Oversea Peace Service (TOPS)

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