Visit of Professor Lynette H. Ong and students from Toronto University, Canada
On February 19, 2013, Associate Professor Lynette H. Ong and students from Asian Institute of Toronto University, Canada were received by TFD International Cooperation Department Director Dr. Cheng-Hao Pao. After the introduction on the foundation’s history and programs, Dr. Pao answered the questions concerning TFD’s major task, Taiwan’s democratic and human rights development and Taiwan-Canada relations from the group.
TFD attends the Taiwan Journal of Democracy 2013 Special Issue Workshop in Los Angeles
President Teh-fu Huang, Professor T. J. Cheng (editor of Taiwan Journal of Democracy) and research fellow Shihhung Peng attended the Taiwan Journal Democracy2013 Special Issue Workshop in Los Angeles on February 16th. President Huang gave opening remarks. This workshop had invited several outstanding scholars from Asia, Europe and North America, and they presented seven papers related with the differently democratic theoretical models of Arend Lijphart.
Presentation International Visiting Fellow Ms. Yong Chuan Ling
Ms. Yong Chuan Ling, TFD International Visiting Fellow will deliver her presentation “An Assessment for the Gender Equality Mechanism in Taiwan” at the TFD on January 30, 2013, from 3pm – 5pm. All are welcome to attend.(Press Release)
Congratulation for being selected as one of the elite think tanks in Asia by FPRI
Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) of USA has recently published the report of “2012 the Global Go-To Think Tanks Report and Policy Advice”, which reviews 6,603 think-tanks globally. TFD has ranked 8th in Asia and Oceania Think Tanks list (excluding China, Japan, India and South Korea) among 393 think thanks of 44 Asia and Oceania countries, and also ranks the first among 52 think tanks in Taiwan.(Click for more details)
Visit of Mr. José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Member of the Bureau of the EPP Group.
On December 17, 2012, Mr. José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Member of the Bureau of the EPP Group, and his advisor Mr. Luis Hermosilla Ibañez were received by TFD Vice-President Dr. George W. Tsai. Following an introduction about the foundation’s history and programs, the two sides discussed topics such as values of democracy, human right promotion, and development of global democracy. Moreover, Mr. Salafranca expected that TFD can cooperate tightly with European Foundation for Democracy.
2012-12-13 ~ 2012-12-17
Japan Parliamentary Election Observation
Led by TFD Vice President Dr. Ching-Hsin Yu, from December 13th to December 17th of 2012,the TFD delegates including Professor Chi-Chin Tsai from Dong Hai University, Professor Yi-Yen Chen from National Cheng Chi University, Director Yung-Feng Chen from Dong Hai University, Director Chun-Chih Yang from National Kaohsiung University, Research Fellow Dr. Chung-Li Wu from Institute of Political Science and TFD International Cooperation Department Assistant Research Fellow Garlish Shen, travelled to Japan to observe parliamentary election.
Across Japan Kanto and Kansai Area, the TFD delegates visited candidate headquarters, polling stations, street campaigns and discussed Japan’s current policy, political party overview, and electoral system issues with pundits and media workers.
Lecture by Prof. Ronald Inglehart
On December 11, 2012, Prof. Ronald Inglehart, a celebrated political scientist at the University of Michigan and also the director of the World Values Survey (WVS), was invited by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy to give a lecture in the International Conference Room, College of Social Sciences, National Taiwan University. The subject of his lecture was “Cultural Change, Democracy and the Democratic Peace Thesis”. Many people and students participated in this event.
2012 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award Ceremony Agenda
The annual Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADHRA) was established by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in 2006 to encourage individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting democracy and protecting human rights through peaceful means in Asia. The 2012 ADHRA will be presented to the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT International) to recognize her dedication to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children. H.E. President Ma Ying-jeou will confer the Award on the representative, Ms. Maureen Crombie, Chairwoman of the ECPAT International, at this ceremony on International Human Rights Day.
The information of the event is as follows:
▉ Date: Monday, 10 December 2012
▉ Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am (Registration begins at 8:30 am)
▉ Venue: Grand Ballroom, 3F, Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei (201 Tun Hwa S. Road, Sec. 2, Taipei)
▉ Agenda: Download here
2012 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award Ceremony
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy held the annual award ceremony of Asian Democracy and Human Rights Award this morning on December 10th at Far East Plaza Hotel Taipei; and the laureate of this year’s award goes to the Thailand-based ECPAT International. ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) is the leading global network working to end the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Originated in 1991, as a campaign to stop child sex tourism in Asia, ECPAT has broadened its mandate to include the protection of children from all forms of CSEC, including child prostitution, child trafficking for sexual purposes and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.
President Ma Ying-jeou was invited to offer the award sculpture to Ms. Maureen Crombie, Chairwoman of ECPAT International; and the Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, also the Chairman of Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, provided the award grant of 100,000 US Dollars to Ms. Crombie, validating the remarkable performance of ECPAT International.
Ms. Maureen Combie, Chairwoman of ECPAT International expressed that her humility to accept this year’s Award on behalf of ECPAT. NEWS RELEASE
Keynote speech of Prof. Ronald Inglehart has been cancelled
Due to Prof. Ronald Inglehart’s flight was delayed by a blizzard for one day, the keynote speech in National Central Library at 2:00 pm on December 9 has been cancelled by the TFD. We apologize for your inconvenience.
Lecture by Prof. Ronald Inglehart
Prof. Ronald Inglehart is a celebrated political scientist at the University of Michigan. The main fields of his research are democratization and political development. In 1970s, he developed the sociological theory of post-materialism. He is also the director of the World Values Survey (WVS). Since established in 1981, WVS had carried out representative national surveys of the publics of around 100 societies, containing nearly 90 percent of the world's population. As an international quantitative database, WVS has made a lot of contribution to the current social science. Recently, Prof. Inglehart was invited by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy to visit Taiwan and give lectures. He is going to share his insights and observations of Taiwan's democratization and the changes of political cultures with the public in Taiwan.
The information of the event is as follows:
▉ Date: Sunday, December 9, 2012
▉ Time: 2:00 pm to 3:35 pm (Registration begins at 1:30 pm)
▉ Venue: 3F, International Conference Room, National Central Library (20 Zhongshan S. Road, Taipei)
▉ Topic: Modernization and Changing Human Motivations
▉ Moderator: Dr. Teh-fu Huang, the President of TFD
▉ Agenda:Download here
2012-11-26 ~ 2012-12-01
TFD attends UNPO Conference of“EU Strategies, Interventions and Future Prospects for Support to Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan”
Invited by Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization(UNPO), from November 26th to December 1st of 2012, TFD Vice President Ching-Hsin Yu and Assistant Professor Dr. Awi Mona (Chih-Wei Tsai) from National Dong Hwa University travelled to Brussels, Belgium to attend the UNPO Conference of “EU Strategies, Interventions and Future Prospects for Support to Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan” and visited partners, scholars, NGO leaders, and bureaucratic of EU. Dr. Yu and Dr. Tsai also delivered a keynote speech concerning Political Participation and Democratization of Taiwan Indigenous Peoples.
Visit of Chancellor of the National University of Ireland Dr. Maurice Manning
On November 21, 2012, Chancellor of the National University of Ireland Dr. Maurice Manning and Former TD(Teachtaí Dála, member of Irish Parliament). Mr. Thomas Enright
were received by TFD Director of International Cooperation Department Dr .Cheng-Hao Pao. After the introduction on the foundation’s history and programs, the TFD delegate answered the questions concerning TFD’s major task and Taiwan’s democratic development from the group. As the former president of the Irish Human Rights Commission, Dr. Manning expressed that Taiwan can cooperate tightly with EU human right institutions such as Scottish Commission, Danish Commission and Irish Commission, further deepening communication of Taiwan-EU human rights affairs.
TFD attends the Taiwan Journal of Democracy 2012 Workshop in Argentina
President Teh-fu Huang, Professor T. J. Cheng (editor of Taiwan Journal of Democracy) and research fellow Shihhung Peng attended the Taiwan Journal D emocracy2012Workshop in Buenos Aires of Argentina on November 16th. Amb. Matthew Lee, representative of Taipei Commercial and Cultural Office in Argentina, and President Huang gave opening remarks. This workshop had invited several outstanding scholars from Asia, Europe and Latin America, and they presented six papers related with the issue of Democratic Governance: Engagement, Participation, Information and Accountability.
Visit from delegates of the “American Youth Scholars and Experts (Eastern United States Chapter)”
On November 12, 2012, delegates of the “American Youth Scholars and Experts (Eastern United States Chapter)”
led by Dr. Iordanis Jordan Petsas, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Scranton were received by TFD Vice-President Dr. Ching-Hsin Yu and Director of International Department Dr. Cheng-Hao Pao . Following an introduction of the foundation’s history and programs, the two sides discussed Taiwan’s election and democratization, cross-strait relations as well as the political participation of minority group.
Visit from delegates of the “American Youth Scholars and Experts (Western United States Chapter)”
On November 12, 2012, delegates of the “American Youth Scholars and Experts (Western United States Chapter)”led by Dr. Greg Autry were received by TFD Vice President Ching-Hsin Yu and Director of International Cooperation Department Dr. Cheng-Hao Pao. After the introduction on the foundation’s history and programs, the two sides exchanged Taiwan’s electoral system, party development as well as Asian democratization issues in Taiwan.
Announcement of the Winner of the 2012 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award
The annual Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADHRA) was established by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy in 2006 to encourage individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting democracy and protecting human rights through peaceful means in Asia. The TFD will hold a press conference at the briefing room in Legislative Yuan on November 8th. The TFD Chairman Wang, Jin-Pyng will announce the 2012 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award laureate at the press conference. The TFD has also invited H.E. President Ma, Ying-Jeou and TFD Chairman Wang, Jing-Pyng to present the award sculpture and grant to the laureate at the official award ceremony on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
ECPAT International Wins the 2012 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Chairman Wang, Jin-pyng firstly welcomed all journalists to the announcement of the winner of Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award. Chairman Wang then stated that the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award has become not only an annual event for the TFD, but also a major, indicative award in the Asian region. As the first national democracy foundation in Asia, we have hoped to make contributions to the global community of democracies, in order to repay our obligations to the international community. Therefore, beginning in 2006, the TFD has been awarding the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award annually to recognize individuals and organizations which have made exceptional contributions through their long-term, active promotion of democracy or advocacy of human rights in Asia through peaceful means. We hope in this way to further deepen democratic development and raise standards of human rights in the region.
As in previous years, a two-stage reviewing process was used to select this year’s Award laureate, ECPAT International based in Bangkok, Thailand. ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) is the leading global network working to end the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Originated in 1991, as a campaign to stop child sex tourism in Asia, ECPAT has broadened its mandate to include the protection of children from all forms of CSEC, including child prostitution, child trafficking for sexual purposes and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.
ECPAT International will formally receive the 2012 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award at a ceremony in Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei on December 10th, the International Human Rights Day. The Award consists of one sculpture and a US$100,000 grant to support ECPAT International for their ongoing works to end the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Seminar on the studies of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
On November 8, 2012, the TFD held a seminar on the studies of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in the NTU Alumni’s Club House. In order to shape a basis for future development and an action strategy for integrating practice and theory, many scholars and experts were invited to provide their insights and opinions into these studies.
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica (IPSAS), Taiwan's Election and Democratization Study (TEDS), Program for East Asia Democratic Studies in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences of National Taiwan University, and Election Study Center of National Chengchi University hosted the International Conference on “The Maturing of the Taiwan Democracy” in November 3 to 4, 2012, at National Taiwan University. The purpose of this international conference is to investigate the maturity of Taiwan’s democracy by TEDS 2012 survey data. Experts and scholars of democratization studies were invited to exchange their point of views. This conference effectively enhanced the vision of Taiwan's studies in the area of democratization research.
President of Legislative Yuan, and Chairman of TFD, Mr. Jin-pyng Wang attended this grand meeting and gave a 20 minute opening remarks. He reviewed Taiwan's democratic development in the last half-century, including Taiwan’s fighting for human rights, struggling for freedom, and the stage of democratic consolidation. Taiwan’s election is a model for many developing countries. The transparency, justice, fairness and openness make Taiwan's democracy keep pace with the countries with mature democracy. The 2012 presidential election is a milestone demonstrating voters' ration and self-control, appealing for social justice instead of ethnic identity, and acceptance of a female presidential candidate. These facts show the maturity and consolidation of Taiwan's democratic development. He also pointed out that the diplomatic difficulties and the recession are both challenging Taiwan’s government inside and outside. By this conference, scholars are encouraged to brainstorm the challenges of deepening of Taiwan’s democracy. The text is downloadable in both Chinese and English version.
Chairman Wang Jin-pyng’s opening remarks in Chinese
Chairman Wang Jin-pyng’s opening remarks in English
Invited by Federal Electoral Institute (Spanish: Instituto Federal Electoral, IFE), Taiwan Foundation for Democracy delegation left for Mexico City from June 25th to July 5th this year to observe their presidential election. Led by Dr. I-Chou Liu, Vice Chairman of Central Election Commission, other members include Dr. Teh-Fu Huang, President of TFD, Mr. Shang-Ren Lee, member of Board of Trustees of TFD, Dr. Yung-Mau Chao, Dean of College of Social Sciences in National Taiwan University, Dr. Kuo-Shih Ho, Associate Professor of Department of Spanish Language and Literature in Providence University as well as Ms. Hung-Ya Lien, Assistant Research Fellow of TFD.
According to IFE, there were 696 foreign visitors from 69 countries in the world to witness a new page of Mexican history. This year’s federal election had become the biggest and the most complex one because Mexican people will vote for their new president, congressmen, senators and local governors.
Apart from seminars and round tables, which allowed observers to be familiar with and discuss electoral systems in Mexico and other countries, electoral system reform and other related issues, IFE also arranged international observers to have meetings with presidential candidates, to leave for polling stations on election day, and to head for IFE to witness the preliminary result from quick counting. It is worth mentioning that IFE expressed special thanks to countries where they sent observers to Mexico for the first time, including Taiwan. In addition, Dr. I-Chou Liu was invited to make a presentation on electoral financing and overseeing in Taiwan.
TFD delegation was received by IFE’s warmest welcome and felt greatly honoured. Hopefully this will be a beginning of many more cooperation opportunities to come.
On February 29, 2012, Professor Nishitani Hajime and students from Hiroshima University, Japan were received by TFD International Cooperation Department Director Dr. Jonathan Lin and Research Fellow Dr. Allen Peng. After the introduction on the foundation’s history and programs, both the two sides expressed concern on democratic development and discussed the possible cooperation in the future.
On June 29th, 2011, ACUNS was received by the Vice President Mr Tsai Woei. Both sides discussed about TFD’s promotion of human rights and democracy as well as the issues related to Taiwanese politics and UN related organizations, etc.
On June 29th, 2011, Dr Richard Youngs, the president of FRIDE, was received by the Vice Research Fellow. After having the general idea of TFD’s promotion of human rights and democracy, Dr Youngs expressed his sincere appreciation to TFD for supporting his research project in the past. Both sides also exchange opinions on democracy promotion.
On March 30, 2011, Randy Schriver , Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca and John Gastright, and Executive Director of 2049 Project Institute Mark Stokes visited TFD were received by Vice President Dr. George W. Tsai and the director of International Cooperation Department Dr. Jon. Lin. During an hour conversation, both of the two sides discussed about US-China-Taiwan Relations and the democratization processes in Taiwan, as well as the current joint projects that TFD is working on with this institute.
This call for papers is intended to explore the interface of citizenship with media, building on other work on media and political engagement. Papers here may explore conceptual and analytical bridges to such key notions as agency, identity, deliberation, practice, civic interests and expression, or civic culture, among others. Please note this call is not region specific.
On February 17, 2011, Janez Jansa, former premier of Slovenia and the president of Slovenia Democratic Party (SDS, opposition party), and Dr. Mihael Brejc, visited TFD were received by the director of International Cooperation Department Dr. Jon. Lin and research fellow Dr. Allen Peng. During an hour conversation, president Jansa and Dr. Lin have discussed about the democratization processes in Slovenia and China, as well as the current joint projects that TFD is working on with University of Ljubljana.
On November 30th, a delegation of Hungarian scholars visited TFD were received by President Teh-Fu Huang, acting director of International Cooperation Department Dr. Jon. Lin and Dr. Allen Peng. During an hour conversation, Dr. Huang have answered delegates’ questions regarding democratization in Asia, consolidation of democracy, and other related issues.
On November 25th, a delegation of British researchers in field of social science visited TFD were received by Vice President May-sing Yang, and acting director of International Cooperation Department Dr. Jon. Lin During an hour conversation, VP Yang have answered delegates’ questions regarding democracy challenges, the relationship between economic development and democratization, and other related
The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy announced today that the winner of 5th Asian Democracy and Human Rights Award is the Rescue Foundation of India, a non-governmental organization to recognize their ongoing work in rescuing teenage girls from human trafficking, and assisting them to restore their normal lives.
TFD announcement of award winner (2010/11/8)
Rescue Foundation Website: http://www.rescuefoundation.net
The business delegation from Melbourne, Australia was personally received by President Huang Deh-Fu (黃德福) on Friday, June 25, 2010. The head of the delegation, Liu Guo-Qiang and members of the delegation discussed with President Huang the development and implementation of democracy in Taiwan and future visions of peace, among other topics.
PRESS RELEASE (2010/03/18)
PRESS RELEASE (2010/04/01)
On 18August, 5 members of the Overseas Chinese Scholar Group visited TFD and were received by Mr. Bo Tedards, Director of the International Cooperation Department, and Ms. Angel Wu, Director of the Domestic Affairs Department. Mr. Tedards and Ms. Wu introduced TFD’s history and tasks and exchanged opinions and views on issues of the social, economic, cultural, and political development in the Chinese speaking countries with the group.
This issue features various topics on Democratization in Central Europe, “Neighborhood Effects” of Democratization in Europe, Independent and Broader Civil Society in East-Central European Democratizations, Corruption and Democracy: The “Color Revolutions” in Georgia and Ukraine, The Third Wave in East Asia: Comparative and Dynamic Perspectives, The Structure of Taiwan’s Political Cleavages toward the 2004 Presidential Election: A Spatial Analysis, Civil Society and Democratization in Hong Kong: Paradox and Duality.
All articles can be downloaded freely.
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) Chairman Wang Jin-pyng, heading a visit by the Republic of China Legislature from February 2 – 12, received European Parliament- Taiwan Friendship Group Chairman Georg Jarzembowski as well as an invitation to the Italian Parliament. Approximately ten legislatures from both the ruling and opposition parties made the visit to the European Parliament (EP) and Italy, at one point taking the opportunity to strengthen formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican, accompanied by TFD Vice President Tsai. The Taiwan legislators also paid a visit to the Italian president of the Senate, the governor of Catania, major figures of the Belgium Senate, the president of the EP and other European leaders. Chairman Wang also received the Highest Recognition Award bestowed by the EP-Taiwan Friendship Group for his contributions to Taiwan democracy and human rights. His formal address to the EP, attended by 29 EP members, was the first time that the Taiwan legislative speaker had done so since its establishment. During his speech, the audience broke out into enthusiastic applause six times, a resounding success in diplomacy for Taiwan. Chairman Wang delivered the speech in Chinese and in English.
The TFD has joined together with the American Institute in Taiwan and other local partners to launch the local edition of the Taiwan competition for the Democracy Video Challenge (DVC). The DVC is a global competition sponsored by the US State Department to select the best short videos answering the question "Democracy is...". Taiwanese young people and filmmakers are encouraged to submit their entries, which will be judged by a panel of experts, and 3 Taiwanese semi-finalists will be selected to join the global round. For more information, please see the AIT's press release
The TFD was established five years ago, on 17 June 2003. Over the past five years, our activities have grown rapidly, and our relations with partners at home and abroad have developed commensurately.
To celebrate the occasion, the TFD arranged a series of events, beginning with the opening ceremony of an exhibition of the TFD’s work, held on 17 June at 9 am. At the ceremony, remarks were delivered by President Ma Ying-jeou and TFD Chairman Wang Jin-pyng. The ceremony was followed by a discussion forum with more than 30 leaders of Taiwan’s civil society.
In the following days, three international seminars were held at the TFD: “Europe-Asia Democracy Cooperation: Prospects and Opportunities,” “Burma After Referendum & Cyclone,” and “Taiwan Studies in the Global Context: TFD Research Fellow Roundtable.”
On 28 January, in a ceremony hosted by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, President Chen Shui-bian and TFD Chairman Wang Jin-pyng presented the 2006 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award award sculpture and award grant to Reporters sans frontières, accepted by Secretary-General and founder Robert Ménard. Mr. Ménard has since expressed his intent to use the award money to create a Chinese-language website for Reporters sans frontières. (Press Release)
The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Federation for a Democratic China, along with Human Rights Without Frontiers and the EuropeanAcademyBerlin, organized the first International Conference on Chinese/Asian Democracy, held on 14 -19 May 2006, in Berlin, Germany. [Conference Details]