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The 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education was held in Montreal, Canada from November 30 to December 3 with the topic of “Bridging our diversities.” The three-and-a-half-day conference gathered more than 300 participants from 59 nations. These human rights promoters attended 70 sessions, presenting and sharing thoughts on the latest developments in human rights education.

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Benjamin Franklin said that there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Taxation is an important aspect of life for people, especially for me because I am a certified public accountant. For citizens in many parts of the world, the concept of taxpayer’s rights is still relatively new, and their governments lack respect for such rights. I will compare how the governments in two places—California and Taiwan—treat their taxpayers to illustrate the importance of taxpayer’s rights.

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By Annie Hsu from New Delhi, India

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This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation pioneered by Martin Luther. On October 31, 1517, he published his ideas in a work titled Ninety-five Theses which strongly disputed the Catholic Church's sale of plenary indulgences. He argued that these external sacramental confessions desecrated and insulted God's fairness and justice. This opposition to the papal authority became a model for future generations.

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By Emily Hu from Vienna, Austria

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The FOWPAL cultural goodwill delegation has devoted their time and effortsintocultural exchanges for years. With the beauty of culture purity they have been promoting love and peaceandawakeningthe conscience in everyone. They have travelled across the planet,and this time they have visited theheart of Europe, Austria. They sang and danced to deliver the message of peace in the garden of Schönbrunn Palace, second to the Palace of Versailles.

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By Ellena Ma/Tallinn, Estonia

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