The Cabinet yesterday approved an amendment to the Detention Act (羈押法) to better reflect the principle of presumption of innocence. \nExecutive Yuan Spokesman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) quoted Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) as saying that the Detention Act was not in accordance with the principle because it applies the prisoner-management system stipulated in the Prison Act (監獄行刑法) to detainees. \n“Detainees are not prisoners, and therefore they should be treated differently from prisoners,” Chiang quoted Wu as saying at a press conference after the weekly Cabinet meeting. \nIf the amendment is passed by the legislature, a number of restrictions imposed on detainees will be lifted, with only the ones dealing with keeping order at detention centers and detainee safety retained. \nThe amendment requires detention centers to provide access to radio and TVs to defendants, and detainees can request their own radios and TVs. \nIt also states that detainees cannot be denied their right to freedom of religion or belief. \nThe draft also requires detention centers to provide baby-care facilities if needed and bars center officials from conducting intrusive physical examinations unless they have substantial evidence that a defendant is in possession of prohibited items. \nDetainees would also be allowed to leave their detention centers for 24 hours to visit their families when they receive news of death of a grandparent, parent, spouse, child, sibling, or parent-in-laws. \nThe amendment would also require a detention center to set up a nine-person committee to review detainee complaints against the center’s management. \nFour of the committee members would be designated by the head of the detention center, but the other five must not have any connection to either the detention center or to any detainee at that center.
• Detainees would gain access to radios and TVs or could apply to have their own.
• Intrusive physical examinations would not be allowed unless there is substantial evidence a detainee possessed prohibited items.
• Detainees would be granted 24-hour leave in the case of a death in their immediate family.
• Detainee-complaint review committees would be established.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung