National Human Rights Museum wins award in Germany

06/04/2020 07:32 PM
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Taipei, June 4 (CNA) Taiwan's National Human Rights Museum (NHRM) won a "Special Award" at this year's Karl Wilhelm Fricke Award, for advancing education on human rights and democracy, the museum announced Thursday.

The Karl Wilhelm Fricke Award is administered by the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship (FFRSD), a government-funded organization established by the German parliament, to give recognition to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to transitional justice.

Taiwan's representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) received the award on behalf of the NHRM at his office in Berlin Wednesday from FFRSD director Anna Kaminsky, the NHRM said in a press release.

Kaminsky lauded Taiwan as a strong and important partner for Germany in transitional justice and said the two countries have a lot to learn from each other even though the dictatorships they experienced were quite different, the NHRM said.

For his part, Shieh said the award sends a strong signal to the world as it was presented on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the NHRM said.

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Taiwan's representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey (right) receives the award on behalf of the NHRM at his office in Berlin Wednesday from FFRSD managing-director Anna Kaminsky.

German legislator Axel Knoerig and the Vice Chairman of the German-Chinese Association Friends of Taiwan Michael Zickerick were also present at the ceremony.

The NHRM was established on October 19, 2011 to unearth the hidden history of human rights abuse and to promote human rights and democracy.

NHRM director Chen Chun-hung (陳俊宏), said the recognition will encourage his office to work harder after having good exchanges with human rights organizations such as the International Council of Museums, Federation of International Human Rights Museums and International Coalition of Sites of Conscience over the years.

He also mentioned that the NHRM has signed a letter of intent to boost cooperation on transitional justice with Germany's Stasi Records Agency.

The Karl Wilhelm Fricke Award is named after a German political journalist who dedicated his life to resisting state repression.

The 2020 award committee was headed by Marianne Birthler, former chief of the Stasi Records Agency. Its members include former German president Horst Köhler; Russian human rights activist Irina Scherbakova; German writer and publicist Marko Martin, award sponsor Burkhart Veigel and Kaminsky.

(By Cheng Jing-wen and Emerson Lim)

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