Bersih, a Malaysian group campaigning for clean and fair elections, has won the 2017 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.
The annual award is presented by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, a foundation established by the foreign ministry. It recognizes civil organizations that have contributed to the growth of democracy in Asia.
Legislature President Su Jia-chyuan and the foundation's chairperson jointly announced this year's prizewinner on Wednesday. Su commended Bersih for transcending party lines, avoiding ideological positions, supporting integration of different ethnic groups, and insisting that its gatherings be peaceful.
The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy will present the award on December 10, Human Rights Day.