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Vice President Lu schedules human rights committee meeting tomorrow

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) will call a meeting of the Human Rights Advisory Committee tomorrow to discuss the legalization of a national rights committee and possibly the controversy over the election-eve assassination attempt, sources at the Presidential Office told the Taipei Times yesterday.

The source said that the Presidential Office's Human Rights Advisory Committee, which Lu chairs, is scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the draft organic bill of a proposed national human-rights committee and a draft bill regarding the committee's exercise of power.

RESUBMITTING BILLS

The two bills failed to make it to the legislative floor in the last session, meaning they have to start the legislative procedure all over again this term, beginning with approval by the Executive Yuan.

Because the family of the man police believe was the March 19 shooter publicly retracted their previous statements on Sunday, the source said it is highly possible that the Human Rights Advisory Committee will talk about the 2004 shooting even though the issue is not on the meeting's agenda.

On Sunday Lu said she hoped to talk with Chen Yi-hsiung's (陳義雄) relatives to gain an understanding of their position. She also proposed that the new state public prosecutor-general form a new task force to investigate the assassination attempt.

The source said Lu has asked one of the committee members to contact Chen's family.

Meanwhile, committee member Yang Hsien-hung (楊憲宏) called on the Control Yuan to probe the case as a national security matter.

"I believe the National Security Bureau and Investigation Bureau have a lot of professional and covert information they can share with the government's watchdog agency," he said.

CONTROL YUAN

Given that the president's nominees for the the Control Yuan have yet to be approved by the legislature, Yang proposed that that opposition parties test the nominees' attitudes toward the shooting.

The pan-blue camp could not be the only ones to form an investigation committee that is both legal and constitutional to probe the case, he said.

Yang criticized prosecutors' response to the Chen family's recent comments, saying there was room for improvement.

Instead of immediately dismissing the family's claims that their 2004 statements were coerced, Yang said that it would be better for prosecutors to respect the family's opinions and promise to look into their allegation.

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