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The Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada (加拿大台灣人權協會) was organized in 1991 to expand and continue the work of the 1989 Yih-Sheh Leo Support Committee. THRAC works for human rights in Taiwan, China, and Canada.

Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 THRAC Annual General Meeting

The 2015 THRAC Annual Meeting will be held on

Saturday, June 20
2:30 - 5:00 PM
六月20( 拜六)

下午2:30 - 5 

at the Taiwanese United Church in Toronto
53 Cummer Avenue
Toronto, ON  M2M 2E5

*This year there is no dinner, no tickets to reserve*
今年只共享茶點, 不必買餐票

Check the website for more updates, or email us at

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Albert J.F. Lin Human Rights Award

The Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada
invites you to attend the presentation of the first
Albert J.F. Lin Human Rights Award
Dr. Ed File, Teacher of Empowerment

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Taiwanese United Church in Toronto
53 Cummer Avenue, North York
followed by a Human Rights Fair and Reception

Free admission - All are welcome!  
For inquiries, contact thracanada@gmail.com.

The 2014 recipient of the Albert J.F. Lin Human Rights Award is Rev. Dr. Ed File. Human Rights are rarely given as gifts from the powerful. Rather they must be demanded and fought for, often with great sacrifice. But how do oppressed people do this in an effective, sustained, organized and peaceful way?

For over 50 years Ed File has trained and inspired leaders of marginalized people to fight for their rights - in Canada (Canadian Urban Training Project, CUT), globally (World Council of Churches URM Advisory Committee) and in Taiwan (Taiwan Urban Rural Mission). In his 32 years of work with Albert Lin in the TURM, Ed played a key role in Taiwan’s peaceful democratization. He has also empowered trainees from North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe in programs held all over the world. Ed's partner Donna Loft has also been part of this work, especially in relation to the Taiwan Aboriginal URM. ​

Please invite your friends and join us on December 13 for the awards presentation and human rights fair to acknowledge and continue the long-time work of those who work for human rights. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Albert J Lin Human Rights Award: Call for Nominations

Albert J Lin speaking at THRAC's 2012 Annual General Meeting and Human Rights Fair.

At our 2014 Annual General Meeting, THRAC members voted to establish the Albert J Lin Human Rights Award. The goal of this award was: 
To recognize and encourage the long-time work of people or organizations in Canada or Taiwan for human rights, democracy and social justice.
The award is given in honour of a man who is a living example of this commitment, and who has given his life seeking to realize these values in Taiwan and in Canada. 
The award shall be made annually on the recommendation of the executive of THRAC, in consultation with Dr. Lin, and previous presidents of THRAC. Nominations for the award may be made by any member of THRAC. 
The award shall consist of a certificate of recognition and small gift, to be presented in a public ceremony. In addition, the name of each successive recipient shall be inscribed on a permanent plaque.
We now open a call for nominations to THRAC members and allied human rights organizations for the 2014 award. Basic contact information, a short bio, and your reasons for nominating this person or individual are required. Please use the nomination form available for download below.

Please submit your nominations to thracanada@gmail.com, mail to THRAC, 45 Fontainbleau Drive, North York, ON M2M 1P1, Canada, or deliver to any THRAC executive member. If you have any questions, contact us at thracanada@gmail.com. The last day for nominations is October 10, 2014.

We will be hosting the award ceremony and a human rights fair on December 13, 2014. Save the date! For more information, check out our upcoming events.

Forms for download:
Nomination form download (English)
Nomination form download (Mandarin)