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Nobel Prize winner Satyarthi to begin Taiwan visit

Nobel Prize winner Satyarthi to begin Taiwan visit

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Children's rights activist and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan later Wednesday to learn about social welfare development here and exchange ideas on children's rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The 61-year-old Indian founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), or Save the Childhood Movement, shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. On his first visit to Taiwan that will last until Jan. 18, Satyarthi is scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou, Foreign Minister David Lin and Vice Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, the ministry said. He will deliver a speech at the Chang Yung-fa Foundation in Taipei on Thursday and will give another talk at National Tsing Hua University on Friday, the ministry said. Satyarthi is also scheduled for visits with several Taiwanese charity groups, including the Eden Social Welfare Foundation, the Child Welfare League Foundation and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, the ministry said. He was invited to visit Taiwan by the Taiwan government. It will be his second trip abroad since winning the Nobel Peace Prize in October, 2014. Established by Satyarthi in 1980, BBA has rescued more than 83,500 victims of trafficking, slavery and child labor and is seen by many as India's largest grassroots movement for the protection of children, ensuring their education, according to BBA's website. (By Tang Pei-chun and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:52 GMT+08:00