“So we have to review each case very carefully,” she said.
Saying that there are always good and bad superiors in the military, Chen said that “we can not depend on people to just change, we need to implement a set of policies.”
Only with the full separation of the military judicial system from the military could a justice be established in the military, she added.
“For years I have though that separating the judiciary from the military is the key for human rights reform in the armed forces and I have tried to persuade lawmakers to establish an independent judicial system for the military, but no one has shown any interest in such an establishment.”
“Now, the case of Hung’s suspicious death could be a turning point in propelling efforts to have military abuse cases investigated and tried by a civilian judiciary,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chen questioned the effectiveness of the military’s promise to reform its 1985 hotline system by having its discipline and ethics sections in legions replace the section in companies so they can handle complaint cases directly.
“The military’s discipline and ethics section is responsible for probing complaint cases, but since Taiwan’s military has conducted a large-scale downsize, manpower in the discipline and ethics section has been significantly reduced,” Chen said, adding that “As I know, not many experienced officials still stay in these sections, only a very who are able to handle tough cases and pass their experiences to new comers.”