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[ LETTER ]

We, as members of the international academic community, are left with the impression that the indictments and practices of the judiciary in Taiwan over the past three years reflect a judicial system that is increasingly influenced by political considerations. There has been a regression in the accomplishments of Taiwan’s momentous democratization of the 1990s and 2000s. As good friends of Taiwan, we are deeply unsettled by this. It undermines Taiwan’s international image as a free and democratic nation.

Mr President, we therefore urge you and your government to ensure that the judicial system is held to the highest standards of objectivity and fairness. Taiwan has many challenges ahead of it and it cannot afford the political divisions created by the use of the judicial system for political purposes.

Respectfully yours,

Thomas Bartlett,

honorary research associate, history program, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Coen Blaauw,

Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Washington

Jean Pierre Cabestan,

professor and head, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

Gordon Chang,

author

Wen-yen Chen,

professor emeritus, University of the District of Columbia, and former president, North American Taiwanese Professors’ Association

Stephane Corcuff,

associate professor of political science, China and Taiwan studies, University of Lyon

Michael Danielsen,

chairman, Taiwan Corner, Copenhagen, Denmark

June Teufel Dreyer,

professor of political science, University of Miami

Norman Getsinger,

US foreign service (retired), The George Washington University graduate program

Terri Giles,

executive director, Formosa Foundation, Los Angeles

Stephen Halsey,

assistant professor of history, University of Miami

Mark Harrison,

senior lecturer, head of the Chinese School of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Tasmania

Michael Rand Hoare,

emeritus reader at the University of London

Christopher Hughes,

professor of international relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

Thomas Hughes,

former chief of staff to late US senator Claiborne Pell, Washington

Bruce Jacobs,

professor of Asian -languages and studies, Monash University, Melbourne

Richard Kagan,

professor emeritus of history, Hamline University, and author

Jerome Keating,

associate professor, National Taipei University (retired), and author

David Kilgour,

former member of the Canadian parliament and secretary of state for Asia-Pacific

Andre Laliberte,

professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Perry Link,

professor emeritus of East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Daniel Lynch,

associate professor, School of International Relations, University of Southern California

Victor Mair,

professor of Chinese language and literature, University of Pennsylvania

The Very Reverend

Bruce McLeod,

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