《TAIPEI TIMES》Western human rights experts meet You Si-kun
Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, right, speaks at a news conference while Center for Studies on New Religions director Massimo Introvigne, left, listens on. Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times
By Liu Tzu-hsuan / Staff reporter
A delegation of human rights experts from Europe and the US met with Legislative Speaker You Si-kun （游錫?） yesterday, before visiting the office of the Taipei Times.
The delegation is led by Italian sociologist Massimo Introvigne, who is editor-in-chief of Bitter Winter, an online magazine on religion and human rights in China.
The group is in Taiwan until Sunday to hold its annual forum on human rights and freedom of religion.
The legislative speaker thanked the group for “exposing dark corners of the world and speaking out for the persecuted without fearing China.”
During the meeting with the Taipei Times, the group praised Taiwan’s human rights environment and shared opinions on religious tolerance, human rights issues, freedom of expression and regulations on religions in Taiwan.
Some human rights issues remain to be solved in Taiwan, like in all countries around the world, Introvigne said, adding that the group fully supports Taiwan in tackling the issues.
By increasingly providing respectful coverage, Taiwanese media are treating religious minorities much better than 20 or 30 years ago, he said.
“Solving the human rights problem domestically surely improves the international image of Taiwan,” he said.
Center for Studies on New Religions director Massimo Introvigne, front fourth left, Human Rights Without Frontiers director Willy Fautre, front third left, and other members of a delegation of international human rights experts and “Taipei Times” staff pose for a photograph at the “Taipei Times” office yesterday. Photo courtesy of Citizen Congress Watch