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Rights experts call for end to death penalty

HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW:The group called for better protection of Aborigines, migrant workers and gays, and appealed for action on Chen Shui-bian’s health

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Although certain measures have been taken for the sake of healing and reparation in the 228 Incident and the White Terror era, the experts said the period of transitional justice has not ended and more work is needed to reconcile Taiwanese society.

They said the right to reparation should include measures such as the social and psychological rehabilitation of victims, and should be accompanied by the right to seek truth and justice.

The government should undertake measures to reveal the whole truth behind the White Terror era, duly recognize the sufferings of the victims and guarantee victims’ families and researchers full access to the national archives.

Increased transparency in government decisionmaking on human rights issues is also needed, they said.

On the issue of freedom of expression, the government should take steps to block mergers or acquisitions of news channels or newspapers that could result in a concentration of media ownership, they said.

On freedom of assembly, the government should relax rules governing the holding of demonstrations and rallies, they added.

The Legislative Yuan should, without further delay, adopt required amendments to the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法), they said.

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