The Taiwan Provincial Security Commands’ New Life Correction Center, the Defense Ministry’s Green Island Correction Prison and the Xindian Er-Shih-Chang Jing-Mei Military Detention Center, where suspects were charged, tried and detained, have been transformed into the White Terror Memorial Parks after several years of renovation (Green Island Human Rights Memorial Park and Jing-Mei Human Rights Cultural Park were opened in 2002 and 2007 respectively, and the National Human Rights Museum Preparatory Office was founded in 2011). The Preparatory Office completed preliminary collection of victims’ artifacts and historical materials and started human rights education after six years of preparation.
The two parks have since been transformed into White Terror memorial parks, witnessing Taiwan’s human rights development and forming an indispensable part of national memory.
The National Human Rights Museum Organization Bill was presented to the Legislative Yuan in Oct. 2017. The Legislative Yuan approved the bill on Nov. 28 and the President promulgated the law on Dec. 13, which took effect on Mar. 15, 2018. The inauguration of the National Human Rights Museum testifies that Taiwan has become a democratic, liberal society which safeguards human rights and has the courage to recognize past victims of political persecution.