Ms. Chen Chu

From authoritarianism to democracy: Freedom and human rights in Taiwan

Join us for an important conversation about how Taiwan, after 38 years of martial law, turned into one of the most democratic and free countries in Asia, dedicated to raising nationwide awareness of human rights.

Our speaker

Ms. Chen Chu, Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Taiwan

Ms. Chen Chu

Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Taiwan

Ms. Chen Chu currently serves as the President of the Control Yuan and Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission since 2020. She previously held the position of Secretary-General to the President from 2018 to 2020 and served as the Mayor of Kaohsiung from 2006 to 2018, making her the longest-serving mayor of the city. She has also served in various government roles and was Taiwan’s first directly-elected female mayor of a special municipality.

Ms. Chen is a prominent political figure in Taiwan’s recent history, during which she organized a pro-democracy demonstration – “Kaohsiung Incident” on International Human Rights Day in December 1979 under Taiwan’s martial law period. She was put behind the bars for almost 6 years. The Incident played a significant role in leading Taiwan towards its democratization and the end of the martial law period.

Date and time
Oct 17, 2023
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Format and location
In person
Room Alma Duncan | 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
General public
Organized by
and the Research Chair in Taiwan Studies are partners of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada