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Tag: death penalty

Families of murder victims speak at forum in Taichung

Four members of the organisation Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights (MVFHR) from the United States spoke at a forum in Taichung last night. They talked of their experiences as victims of murder and violent crime and how they came to be activists against the death penalty. It is a common assumption that the families of [...]

Letter about the death penalty in the Taipei Times

My letter calling for the abolition of the death penalty was published in the Taipei Times today. In the letter I mention the case of Chiang Kuo-ching. The Control Yuan’s findings on his case are reported in this article. I also mention threats against advocates of the abolition of the death penalty. Some of these [...]

Rejection of referendum is a denial of democratic rights

The Referendum Review Committee last night rejected the Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) proposal for a referendum on ECFA. The Liberty Times (自由時報) called it “the darkest day in the history of Taiwan‘s democracy.” It represents another regression in the democratic rollback since the Ma government took office in 2008. The ability of citizens in Taiwan to initiate [...]

World moving towards abolition of the death penalty: Hood

“There is a new dynamic at work. The worldwide movement to abolish the death penalty is now irresistible,” said Roger Hood in a public talk last night in Taipei. Hood is a Professor Emeritus of criminology at Oxford University and a former consultant to the United Nations on the death penalty. Hood laid out clear [...]

Time to end the death penalty

10 October is the World Day Against the Death Penalty. When Chen Shui-bian was elected in 2000 one of his policies was to abolish capital punishment. Although the government was slow in moving towards this goal there have been no executions carried out in Taiwan since December 2005. This is a result of a moratorium [...]