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Chen Shui-bian receives human rights award

Republic of China (Taiwan) President Chen Shui-bian was the recipient of the 35th annual International Human Rights Award given by the International League for Human Rights. The award was presented at a gala of over 900 people at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 31, 2003.

League President Scott Horton said of President Chen:
"President Chen is being recognized for his life-long dedication to the international human rights movement... A leader of the human rights and democracy movement in Taiwan, Chen faced years of official repression including imprisonment because of his strongly held views. He played a key role in Taiwan's movement from an authoritarian state to a modern, pluralistic democracy."

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