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Human rights, democracy threatened


First and foremost, it is up to the people and political system of Taiwan to resolve the crisis. In our, view as foreign observers who care deeply for Taiwan and its future, it is clear that actions along the following lines would be most helpful and appropriate:

‧ Abolition of the SID and an end to the powers that were vested in this office. A return to normalcy in the prosecutorial branch is long overdue.

‧ Judicial reform with the goal of removal of political influence in the judiciary, ensuring a complete

independence from both the executive and legislative branches of government, leading to a clear separation of powers.

‧ Legislative reform so that the legislative process becomes a true give-and-take of political negotiations, where all political opinions are respected and where decisions are made on the basis of rational discussion rather than physical threats and confrontation.

Clive M. Ansley, Canadian human rights lawyer and member, board of directors, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, Vancouver, Canada

Coen Blaauw, executive director, Formosan Association for Public Relations, Washington

Jean-Pierre Cabestan, professor and head, Department of government and international studies, Baptist University, Hong Kong

Gordon Chang, author, “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World and The Coming Collapse of China”

Wen-yen Chen, professor emeritus, University of the District of Columbia, and former president, North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association

William Cox, MD, Nome, Alaska

Michael Danielsen, chairman, Taiwan Corner, Copenhagen

June Teufel Dreyer, professor, Department of political science, University of Miami, Miami

Stephen R. Halsey, assistant professor, Department of history, University of Miami, Florida

William T. Hipwell, professor, Department of geography and environmental studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Michael Rand Hoare, research associate, School of Oriental and African studies, University of London

Thomas G. Hughes, former chief of staff to the late senator Claiborne Pell, Washington.

Bruce Jacobs, professor, Department of Asian languages and studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Richard Kagan, professor emeritus, Department of history, Hamline University, St Paul Minnesota and author, “Taiwan’s Statesman, Lee Teng-hui and Democracy in Asia” and “Mayor Chen Shui-bian: Taipei, Taiwan”

Mark Kao, president, Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Washington.

Jerome Keating, associate professor, National Taipei University (retired), and author, “Island in the Stream, a Quick Case Study of Taiwan’s Complex History” and “Taiwan, the Search for Identity”

Hon David Kilgour, former member of the Canadian Parliament and former secretary of state for Asia-Pacific (2002-2003), Ottawa, Canada

Paul Kovenock, US Department of state (retired), Arlington, Virginia

Donald Rodgers, associate professor, Department of political science, Austin College, Texas

Christian Schafferer, associate professor, Department of international trade, Overseas Chinese University, Taiwan, editor, “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia” president, Asian Political and International Studies Association

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