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Eroding justice: Open letter No. 3

In addition to the harm done to the personas of those accused, the international image of Taiwan has suffered. A president of a country bears political responsibility for the conduct of his subordinates’ actions, and we therefore urge immediate and decisive action to correct the severe flaws in the process that are staining the national honor, perhaps irreparably.

Taiwan’s judicial system must be not only above suspicion but even above the appearance of suspicion of partiality and political bias. We appeal to you, Mr President, to restore the credibility of the judicial system in Taiwan and ensure that your government and its judiciary and parliamentary institutions safeguard the full democracy, human rights and freedom of expression, for which the Taiwanese people have worked so hard during the past two decades.

Respectfully yours,

Nat Bellocchi,

former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan

Coen Blaauw

Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Washington DC

Stéphane Corcuff

Associate Professor of Political Science, China and Taiwan Studies, University of Lyon, France

Gordon G. Chang

author, “The Coming

Collapse of China”

David Curtis Wright

Associate Professor of History, University of Calgary

June Teufel Dreyer

Professor of Political Science, University of Miami, Florida

Edward Friedman

Professor of Political Science and East Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Mark Harrison

Senior Lecturer, Head of the Chinese School of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia

Bruce Jacobs

Professor of Asian Languages and Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Richard C. Kagan

Professor Emeritus of History, Hamline University, St Paul Minnesota. Author, “Taiwan’s Statesman, Lee Teng-hui and Democracy in Asia” and other works on Taiwan

Jerome F. Keating

Associate Professor, National Taipei University (Ret.). Author, “Island in the Stream, a quick case study of Taiwan’s complex history” and other works on Taiwan’s history

Hon. David Kilgour

former Member Parliament and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, Canada

Victor H. Mair

Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania

Donald Rodgers

Associate Professor of Political Science, Austin College, Texas

Terence Russell

Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Manitoba, Canada

Christian Schafferer

Associate Professor, Department of International Trade, Overseas Chinese Institute of Technology, Chair Austrian Association of East Asian Studies, Editor “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia”

Michael Stainton

York Center for Asia Research, Toronto, Canada

Peter Tague

Professor of Law, Georgetown University, Washington DC

John J. Tkacik Jr

former Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Arthur Waldron

Lauder Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

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