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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.

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)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

THRAC and ATOT oppose Confucius Institute in Toronto schools

On a August 23rd THRAC executive meeting, THRAC voted to request that the Association of Taiwanese Organizations in Toronto (which includes THRAC) send an urgent letter to the Toronto District School Board to vote to end the contract with the Confucius Institute. This issue was raised particularly in light of a globe and mail article that suggests China may be pressuring the TDSB to continue their contract. Under leadership of THRAC, ATOT published the following letter below on August 28. Text follows:

To: Ms. Mari Rutka, chair of TDSB

The Association of Taiwanese Organizations in Toronto (ATOT) is a coalition of 15 different organizations representing all aspects of the GTA Taiwanese Community. We are writing to urge you to vote to end contract former TDSB Chair Chris Bolton signed to put a Confucius Institute in the TDSB.

There is a specific danger in CI that concerns us as Taiwanese Canadians. Because Confucius Institutes are ultimately controlled by the Communist Party of China, the worldview explicitly and implicitly presented to students in a CI class includes the assumption that Taiwanese are “Chinese” and that Taiwan is naturally part of China, defined as the People’s Republic of China. Over time, because of what they hear in classes in a CI, the next generation of Canadians will accept these assumptions as part of their own naturalized world view. This ultimately threatens the right of the people of Taiwan to choose their own future, by cutting off international understanding and support for Taiwan in the face of annexation threat from China facing our homeland.

Another concern is that texts used in Confucius Institutes use simplified characters, not the traditional Chinese characters used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the rest of the Chinese speaking world. It is fairly easy to learn simplified characters if you know traditional characters, but very hard to go the other way. This is not accidental. When simplified characters were introduced in China by the new Communist regime in the early 1950’s , and greatly expanded during the Cultural Revolution, one important goal was to cut the people of China off from any past books not “edited” by the Party, and remake “Chinese culture” their own image. Teaching Canadians only in simplified characters brings this cultural brainwashing to our Canadian children.

Oh behalf of the 40,000 some Taiwanese Canadians in the GTA, we appeal to you to stand up for Canada and not sell out Taiwan by letting the Confucius Institute operate in the TDSB.

Jean Chen, Coordinator of Association of Taiwanese Organization in Toronto