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Human rights group debuts book on 60th anniversary

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- To celebrate World Freedom Day as well as the 60th anniversary of the World League for Freedom and Democracy (WLFD), Yao Eng-Chi (饒穎奇), the president of the WLFD, launched a new book yesterday, titled “60th Anniversary of the WLFD,” which reveals the history and efforts of the WLFD over the last six decades.

According to Yao, this book is an archive that documents the origin, transformation and important missions in different periods of the organization. From an anti-communist organization to the leading figure in promoting a sense of democracy around the world, the WLFD has been through various turning points and challenges during changing times.

“This book is an authentic report of our past and achievements during these years. Through this book, we would like to let more people understand what we are fighting for and participate in our activities to promote a sense of democracy and freedom in the future. The meaning of this book is not only reflecting back on our history but also looking to the future,” said Yao at the book release press conference.

Although most countries in the world are democratic now, there is still much work to do to bring a sense of democracy and freedom to countries that have centralized power and enslaved their people, stated Yao.

One of the essential goals of the WLFD is a reformation of its own organization. As the WLFD has been established for 60 years, some of the branches of organization are out of date and need to transform in order to bring in some fresh air. Taking the opportunity of the anniversary, the WLFD will check on all its branches around the world to ensure the operation.

Yao also showed his willingness to open up more opportunities in cross-strait relationships by leading a parliamentary delegation to visit mainland China in the near future. Through cross-strait discussion and exchange, it is possible to understand mainland China more and pass Taiwan's experiences of practicing democracy to mainland China, Yao said.

“The system of democracy is from Western countries. Taiwan has been an excellent example that this foreign system is applicable to Chinese culture. However, we could still review the system and improve on some disadvantages. I hope that one day we can discover a Chinese-featured democracy that will be suitable for practicing in mainland China,” said Yao.

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Yao Eng-Chi (饒穎奇), chapter president of the WLFD, fifth left, holds a certificate that reads “60th Anniversary of the WLFD” and poses for a picture with guests at the book release event, yesterday. Yao pointed out that the book faithfully recounts the organization's history. (Sean Wu, special to The China Post)

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