Sat, Nov 17, 2012 - Page 8 News List

Taiwan’s sham over death penalty

By Lin Hsin-yi 林欣怡

Heyns’ report reinforces this point.

The Ministry of Justice is in charge of gradually abolishing the death penalty. Currently though, it is also the agency in charge of carrying out executions.

It has also invited two teams of international human rights experts to come to Taiwan to inspect the country’s implementation of the ICCPR and ICESCR.

The ministry knows that the experts may well conclude that Taiwan is in violation of various covenants. However, it has still chosen to get a series of executions out of the way and will not wait to face the experts’ findings. Nor will it respect those findings.

If the justice minister insists on carrying out executions at this point, the government should stop inviting international experts to Taiwan to review its implementation of the ICCPR and ICESCR. It will only be a waste of time and of taxpayers’ money.

The ministry has made it clear that it sees the ICCPR and ICESCR as mere articles — and does not intend to implement the opinions of those experts anyway.

Lin Hsin-yi, is executive director of Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty

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