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Taiwan delighted to help with saving children movement: President Ma

Taiwan delighted to help with saving children movement: President Ma

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) told Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi Friday that his administration is eager to help with the Indian activist's campaigns to end child labor and violence against children. Ma praised the 61-year-old activist from India, who founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), or Save the Childhood Movement, for his achievements. Satyarthi shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. The president reserved special acclaim for Satyarthi's push for making compulsory education for children into law in 2009 and criminalizing human trafficking in his native India, calling the developments the "correct" direction and an efficient ways to protect children's rights. Satyarthi is on a five-day visit to Taiwan along with his wife, Sumedha, and three BBA executives. After the meeting with President Ma, Satyarthi headed down the coast to Hsinchu, where he delivered a speech titled "My Life Story and Dream" to students at National Tsing Hua University to an audience of nearly 500 people, including 50 Indian exchange students at the school. One of the students who identified herself as Preana told CNA that she felt proud when she learned that Satyarthi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite the honor, traditional media outlets in India have made few reports of Satyarthi, she said, explaining that although the activist succeeded in reducing the number of child laborers in the country, illegal child workers are still a regular practice there, even in companies with media ties. The Taiwan visit is Satyarthi's second trip abroad since he won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014. He is scheduled to conclude the visit on Sunday. (By Kelven Huang, Yu Hsiang-kai and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:02 GMT+08:00