Taiwan student honored for promoting human rights awareness
New York, Aug. 27 (CNA) A medical school student from Taiwan became the first from the country to receive a Human Rights Hero Award from the California-based campaign group Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) during its annual summit that concluded Saturday.
Liao Chien-hung received the award from YHRI founder and president, Mary Shuttleworth, during the group's three-day International Human Rights Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The fifth-year student at China Medical University's School of Medicine was one of the eight youth delegates representing Taiwan at the summit attended by their fellow young human rights advocates from 49 other countries.
Liao was named as one of this year's recipients because of his dedication to volunteer work promoting human rights awareness, and his past participation in medical missions in Nepal, summit organizers said.
Simone Hsu, founder and president of the Chunghwa Association for Human Rights, YHRI Taiwan chapter, also made a presentation during the summit on how human rights education helps reduce bullying and teenage crimes in Taiwan.
Citing a survey conducted by the association, Hsu said 86 percent of the students felt more confident in standing up for themselves and others against bullying in schools after they learned about the 30 basic rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the U.N.
YHRI is a nonprofit group founded in Los Angeles in 2011 as the youth arm of United for Human Rights, and both groups' main task is to offer educational material on human rights issues.
The two groups and the summit are sponsored by the Church of Scientology. (Courtesy of CNA)