The Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (
"This social movement is not just about [speaking for the] wrongful convicted, but about the value of life," said Wu Chi-kwang (
Murder by Numbers
"Murder by Numbers," the name of the film festival, starts Friday at Taipei's President Cinema and runs through Dec. 15. The festival consists of 10 films which are of Taiwanese and foreign productions, all related to the topic of capital punishment.
The featured Taiwanese documentary film is called Going Home (
"When this film was played at a youth correction center a few years, it touched the hearts of a young people there. Years later, this boy approached me and told me how much the film had touched his heart, and it was the reason why he later became a counselor at the correction center," said Wu Hsiu-ching (
Tsai Pi-yu (蔡碧玉), the director of the Ministry of the Justice's Prosecutorial Affairs Department, said the plan to abolish the death penalty had long been on the ministry's agenda.
In a press conference in 2001, Minister of Justice Chen Ding-nan (
"The most important thing about the policy to abolish the death penalty is communicating with the public, which is concerned about public safety [once the penalty has been lifted]," Tsai said.
James Seymour, a senior researcher at Columbia University's East Asian Institute, supports the abolition of the death penalty as he valued the sacredness of life.