On August 1, 2016, President Tsai Ing-wen, on behalf of the Taiwan government, made an important and unprecedented apology to the island’s indigenous people. Taiwan’s indigenous people has lived on the island “for thousands of years, with rich culture and wisdom … [f]or 400 years, every regime that has come to Taiwan has brutally violated the rights of indigenous people through armed invasion and land seizure.” Two years after the apology, please join us for a discussion with a young indigenous rights activists from Taiwan on the challenges and opportunities for indigenous rights protection in Taiwan and Asia. This event is the fourth installment of the Civil Society and Democracy Series, which is partially funded by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.
Doors will open at 12:00 pm. A light lunch will be served, and the event will begin at 12:30 pm. Kindly RSVP by October 23.
Please direct questions or concerns to Global Taiwan Institute Program Associate Marzia Borsoi-Kelly.
** Media that would like to bring additional crew members or equipment, please contact Ms. Borsoi-Kelly directly.
Tuhi Martukaw (Jocelyn Ting-Hui Hung Chien) is from the Kasavakan Community of the Pinuyumayan Peoples in Taiwan. She has BA in Diplomacy from National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan and MA in European Studies from University of Hamburg, Germany. She currently acts as the coordinator and founder of the LIMA Taiwan Indigenous Youth Working Group, a freelanced journalist and researcher, as well as a Ph.D. student in communication studies. She is an active Indigenous woman at all levels. She was the co-chair of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, which is a working group formally recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 2010 to 2015. She founded the LIMA Taiwan Indigenous Youth Working Group in 2013 with the vision to connect the indigenous youth across the borders and continents, to share views and experiences, to contribute in the struggle of their rights and to build up their capacity to shoulder the responsibility of carrying on their cultural heritage and advocacy for equality and justice.
The Civil Society and Democracy series will continue throughout the year and focus on various topics relating to Taiwan’s democracy and human rights. The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization and is the first national democracy assistance foundation to be established in Asia, and is devoted to strengthening democracy and human rights in Taiwan and abroad.