Rock for rights

A Music for Human Rights concert was held at The Wall in Taipei on Saturday night. It was the last event in Amnesty International’s Small Places Tour. The tour to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights included hundreds of concerts around the world. The tour focused on small events in a variety of venues rather than stadiums. This was in order to reach out to a wider range of people and emphasize a grass roots approach to human rights activism.

Tenzin Dorjee of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) spoke at the concert. He thanked the Taiwanese people for their support for Tibet and announced a Free Tibet concert at Freedom Square on 15 March 2009. Tibetan musician Techung who played at the Tibet Freedom Concert earlier in the week, also made a special appearance. I spoke to Techung after the concert. He said he is “fascinated” by Taiwan and hopes to return again soon.

The Taiwan leg of the Small Places Tour had 28 concerts over two months. It featured some of Taiwan’s leading bands and musicians including ChthoniC, Lin Sheng Xiang, Sugar Plum Ferry and LTK Commune. The final concert in Taiwan at The Wall featured an awesome line up of bands. In between sets there were videos about human rights. A photo of each band follows as a tribute to these artists for speaking out about the importance of human rights.

White Eyes (白目)

Aphasia (阿飛西雅)

Lin Sheng-xiang (林生祥) and Ken Ohtake (大竹研)

LTK Commune (濁水溪公社)

Kou Chou Ching (拷秋勤) and Chang Jui-chuan (張睿銓)


*More photos in the Music for Human Rights set at flickr.

2 thoughts on “Rock for rights

  1. Damn! I thought the concert ended after LTK’s encore! Stupid me!
    Great concert though, going in not knowing anyone but White Eyes – it was a pleasant surprise.

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