On the eve of the International Human Rights Day, the Presidential Office's Human Rights Consulting Committee yesterday unveiled its list of the top 10 political injustices of the martial law era.
\nThe timing of the announcement was meant "to highlight the administration's determination and commitment to uphold human rights as the guiding hand in its governing as well as to remind all compatriots to cherish the fruit of democracy," said Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who is also the committee's director.
\nLu said the committee will release a list of "Human Right Persecutors" on May 19 -- a date chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the promulgation of martial law on May 19, 1949.
\nMartial law was not lifted until July 15, 1987.
\n"Many of those who violated human rights got off scot-free," Lu said. "Some of them still work in government agencies today."
\nThe committee decided to hold off releasing the list of rights abusers because of tomorrow's elections, said Lu, who was jailed for sedition for her role in the Kaohsiung Incident.
\n"While the statute of limitations might have expired [for prosecuting such cases], we need to continue to look into these issues for history's sake," she said, adding that the committee was not motivated by revenge but by a desire to explain history.
\nShe said the committee wanted to "to find out on whose order" people were persecuted.
\nLu said according to an investigation by former DPP legislator and political prisoner Hsieh Tsong-min (
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