The park area was originally home to two prisons built to accommodate political prisoners during the time of the White Terror. The first, the New Life Correction Center run by the Taiwan Security Command from 1951 to 1965, reflects Taiwan’s isolated position in the global Cold War; while the second, the Ministry of National Defense Green Island Reform and Instructional Prison, operational from 1972 to 1987, was met with the rising tide of the international human rights movement, when international human rights activists came to the rescue of Taiwan’s political prisoners. The postwar history of the repression of human rights in Taiwan finds its concrete yet diffuse expression in the relics and exhibition activities of this park.
We wholeheartedly welcome you to the Green Island Human Rights Memorial Park. We hope that during your tour of the island, this booklet will help you deepen your knowledge of both the natural beauty of its marine ecology and its abundant human rights history.