Fri, May 23, 2003 - Page 2 News List

TSU wants to sue China for infecting world with SARS

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Members of the TSU legislative caucus yesterday revealed that they are trying to bring an international lawsuit against the government of China, because its concealment of the SARS outbreak had caused the disease to spread to several countries.

TSU legislative caucus whip Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) said his party will look for advice and support from international legal professionals. The party will attempt to file a joint lawsuit against Beijing with other countries suffering epidemics of the disease that originated in the southern part of China last year.

"The TSU brought this proposal as we believe that China should be held responsible for the international epidemic, due to its initial cover-up," Lo said.

"The Chinese authorities should compensate other countries for their losses -- in human life and economically -- because they concealed the outbreak," Lo said.

The TSU whip added that his party decided to push for the international lawsuit based on precedents set by the 1994 China Airlines crash in Nagoya, Japan and cases of human rights abuses filed against former Argentine regimes.

He said "victims of the two incidents filed international litigation in overseas courts, in Japan and the US, respectively."

A request for international consultation about the lawsuit will be posted on Web sites by the TSU, Lo added.

"We will attemtp to recruit voluntary legal workers abroad to help complete the legal paperwork," he said.

The Web request will also emphasize China's unreasonableness in blocking Taiwan's bid for World Health Organization observer status.

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