Former legislator Yu Mei-nu conferred the National Order of Merit of France

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Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Yu Mei-nu (尤 美女), human rights lawyer and former legislator of the ruling Progressive Democratic Party in Taiwan, received the National Order of Merit (National Order of Merit), with the rank of knight, by the government of France Thursday.Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave, head of the French office in Taipei, pinned the medal to Yu at his official residence on behalf of French President Emmanuel Macron.

“As a tireless fighter for human rights, you are faithful to your values ​​despite all the difficulties you have encountered. Your values ​​are in line with those defended by France – democracy, freedom, protection of human rights, ”said Casabonne-Masonnave.

Yu has been recognized for his career dedicated to defending the rights of women and LGBT people in the past three decades.

She supported the abolition of the death penalty in Taiwan and was a strong supporter of the island’s gay marriage law, which came into force in May 2019 and made Taiwan the first Asian country to legalize. gay marriage.

“France is a world leader in advocacy such as human rights and gender equality, and an inspiration that I consider,” said Yu at the medal ceremony.

Yu, who had been vice-president of the Taiwan-France Friendship Group in the Legislative Assembly, thanked the French government for recognizing her lifelong efforts and dedicated the honor to her family and his team during his time as a legislator.

The National Order of Merit is awarded to people who have made a significant contribution to France in various fields but who are not eligible for the Legion of Honor, which is generally reserved for French citizens.

It has five classes: knight, officer, commander, grand officer and grand cross, in ascending order of importance.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim)

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