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Over 13,000 may be exonerated

RESTORING JUSTICE:The commission plans to exonerate victims in groups so that family members do not need to wait until the inquiry’s conclusion to receive results

By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

"Those who were tried were the survivors. Those who did not have the benefit of a trial were killed, almost to a man,” Yang said, adding that another 200 survivors were sentenced to the Taiwan Garrison Command’s labor camp.

The foundation is handling a number of cases of political persecution that occurred during the White Terror era, including that of Uyongu’e Yatauyungana (高一生), who was spared by a court despite his role in the Tsou uprising during the 228 Incident, but was later executed for espionage during the White Terror era, he said.

For years, those victims have demanded restitution from the government, he said.

Meanwhile, the commission has completed drafts for the regulations governing the investigation of historical truths involving the authoritarian era, as well as the regulations governing the commission’s investigative procedures.

The two sets of regulations, for which the Executive Yuan has published a preview, will help the commission in accomplishing its mandate to investigate the perpetrators of political persecution during the 228 Incident and the White Terror era.

The regulations governing the investigation of historical truths involving the authoritarian era empower the commission to open inquiries into human rights violations and to establish the degree to which perpetrators were responsible for the political persecution that they carried out on behalf of the state.

As the regulations stipulate, people who were affected by acts of state repression — or academics and researchers — could bring forward issues, events or facts that they believe the commission should consider, Chang said

The commission plans to launch investigations into several high-profile historical events, Chang added.

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