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Vietnamese American group to receive democracy award from Taiwan

Vietnamese American group to receive democracy award from Taiwan

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) A human rights group committed to helping Vietnamese refugees won an award for human rights and democracy presented by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), the Taipei-based organization announced Wednesday. Boat People SOS (BPSOS), a national Vietnamese American community organization, has been awarded the sixth Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADHRA), said Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, the TFD's chairman. The annual award was established in 2006 to honor individuals or groups in Asia that have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of democracy and human rights. BPSOS has been active in providing assistance to Vietnamese refugees in Vietnam, at sea, and in refugee camps or to new emigrants just arriving in the U.S., Wang said. About one in 10 Vietnamese Americans have been helped by the organization, which was founded in 1980, with its reach extending to other countries, including Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, Wang added. The awards ceremony will be held on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. BPSOS is scheduled to send representatives to attend. The group will receive the top prize of US$100,000 and a trophy to help it continue its human rights activities for refugees at sea. (By Ho Meng-kuei and Kendra Lin)


Updated : 2021-10-26 19:26 GMT+08:00