FIDH will hold its 40th Congress from 21 to 25 October 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, FIDH and its member organization Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), announced today. It is the first time in FIDH’s nearly 100-year history that its Congress will be held in Asia.
“We are excited by the Taiwanese authorities’ and civil society’s warm welcome and we wish to make Taipei the human rights capital of the world during our Congress activities. After decades of repression, Taiwan has rapidly become one the most open, free, and democratic spaces in Asia. We expect the Taiwanese government will use the FIDH Congress to address existing human rights challenges and to show that it truly upholds the universality of human rights.”During the first two days of the Congress, around 400 human rights defenders from more than 100 countries, along with international experts, local authorities, and foreign guests will gather to discuss the mounting threats to the universality of human rights and the possible strategies and responses to such challenges.
“The Congress will be one of the largest human rights events that Taiwan has ever hosted and a great opportunity for its government and civil society to engage in a productive dialogue on global issues. There are still many human rights issues that Taiwanese civil society is fighting for, such as same-sex marriage, the abolition of the death penalty, transitional justice, and rights of migrants and refugees. The Congress will be the perfect space to reaffirm that human rights are universal and that civil society worldwide will continue to fight against all those who threaten this principle.”