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Partnering on Human Rights: Taiwan and Canada Present Training Program on the Implementation of International Covenants

On October 16 to 18, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), will co-host a training seminar entitled "Implementing International Human Rights into Domestic Law & Policy: The Canadian Experience."

Senior Legal Counsel from Justice Canada, Erin Brady and Laurie Sargent, will present Canada's development of human rights legal frameworks and share Canadian experiences of implementing policies and laws to protect fundamental freedoms, equality rights, non-discrimination, cultural rights, and the right to a fair trial.

Taiwan Vice-Minister of Justice Chen Shou-huang and Executive Director Kathleen Mackay of CTOT met on Monday October 15, and will deliver welcome remarks at the opening plenary on Tuesday, October 16.

During their meeting Executive Director Mackay said, “Canada is very pleased with its partnership with Taiwan, and we recognize the efforts made by Taiwan to adopt and implement these United Nations human rights covenants. Canada has a long history of promotion and protection of human rights, and our collaboration on this training project demonstrates Canada’s support for continued democratic deepening in Taiwan.”

Vice-Minister Chen said, "Taiwan appreciates the assistance of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy for their support on this important project. We look forward to continuing exchanges with Canada in the near future."

Ms. Brady and Ms. Sargent will also be holding a seminar on the Working Rights of Persons with Disabilities for members of the non-governmental community in Taiwan, as well as a lecture to faculty and students at Fu Jen Catholic University on Canada's Implementation of Equality Rights.

A total of 510 Taiwanese public sector employees are expected to participate in the three-day seminar. 


This training session builds on recent efforts in the human rights domain by Canada and Taiwan. In 2010, two Canadian human rights experts delivered a training session at the Judge and Prosecutors Training Institute (JPTI), and a week-long course on Canada’s human rights system at the Chang Fo-quan Center for Human Rights at Soochow University. In December 2011, University of Ottawa President Alan Rock delivered a speech on the protection of human rights at a high-level conference organized by Soochow University and the Ministry of Justice. Canada is also one of the main sponsors of the first three issues of the Chang Fo-quan Center for Human Rights’ human rights journal. “

In December 2009, Taiwan adopted two United Nations human rights covenants, the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights, and the International Covenant of Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights. Taiwan published its first National Human Rights Report earlier this year.

For more information, please see the training program (DOC*).

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