The Preparatory Office of the National Human Rights Museum held a memorial service in New Taipei on March 20 in honor of victims of the White Terror era, a time of political repression during which Taiwan was under martial law from 1949 to 1991.
Hosted by Buddhist master Jing Yao (淨耀), the memorial service at the Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park was joined by Deputy Minister of Culture Tsai Ping-kun (蔡炳坤), surviving political victims, and family members of the deceased.
On behalf of Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟), Tsai offered his sincere condolences to each participant and paid homage to the deceased victims. Master Jing Yao also hoped that those who sacrificed their lives during the White Terror era have found peace while their family members can find solace through his prayers.
The Ministry of Culture has been working on restoring the historical truth of the once-taboo White Terror era, and one of the first steps taken was to increase the number of engravings from 7,628 to 7,975 victim names on the newly established human rights monument at the Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park.
Under the premise of keeping the personal records of victims and family members private, 10,067 compensation files will be made available starting this year for concerned parties and family members to apply for inspection.
The preparatory office noted that its two cultural parks in Jing-Mei and Green Island have both preserved the historic imprisonment and interrogation conditions and records from the White Terror era. By opening the park for free entry, the preparatory office hopes to advocate human rights education and raise public awareness of the White Terror history.
More photos of the memorial service are available here.