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National Human Rights Museum to be officially inaugurated

2017/12/28 17:57:59

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The National Human Rights Museum, which curates historical and political documents and preserves cultural relics from Taiwan's authoritarian past, will officially open next May, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Thursday.

After its inauguration, the museum will push for the release of more political documents and continue to preserve "negative heritage" sites, restore historical truth and promote human rights education, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) quoted Lai as saying in a Cabinet meeting that day.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the museum will be inaugurated at the Green Island Human Rights Cultural Park on Green Island and at the Jingmei Human Rights Cultural Park in New Taipei on May 17 and 18, respectively.

The two parks -- both of which were once detention centers for political prisoners -- fall under the jurisdiction of the museum.

The museum, which has already been operating at the two locations for several years, showcases oral accounts, images, letters and diaries of victims of political persecution, along with official political documents.

After its inauguration, it will also exhibits some of the 10,067 files from Taiwan's White Terror era -- decades of political suppression that started in the mid-20th century -- that the Ministry of Culture inherited from the Compensation Foundation for Improper Verdicts after the latter disbanded in September 2014, the ministry said.

The museum will also manage and renovate the two parks and 45 other "negative heritage" sites around the country, set up a virtual museum of these sites, and continue to develop human rights learning materials, according to the ministry.

"Negative heritage" refers to places where large-scale political persecution occurred.

(By Ku Chuan and Christie Chen)