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Taiwan shrugs off execution condemnation

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan yesterday shrugged off condemnation from the European Parliament and human rights activists over its execution of six death-row inmates Friday, with Premier Jiang Yi-huah saying the executions were in line with the public's expectations.

Jiang said he supports the Justice Ministry in carrying out executions that meet public expectations when there are no ways to overturn the convictions of those who have committed serious crimes.

He said some people may wish to see Taiwan follow the examples of some European countries and abolish the death penalty, but the majority of the people in Taiwan clearly support the idea of keeping capital punishment for serious crimes.

On Friday, Taiwan executed six death-row inmates, each of whom had been convicted of multiple murders. Taiwan executed another six last December.

The latest executions sparked an outcry from Barbara Lochbihler, chair of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, and from Amnesty International.

Lochbihler, condemning the executions, demanded that Taiwan immediately abolish the death penalty.

Catherine Baber, who heads Amnesty International's program in the Asia-Pacific area, said they doubt whether Taiwan will honor its promise to abolish capital punishment in the wake of its recent string of executions.

She urged President Ma Ying-jeou to immediately suspend any executions and arrange for a nationwide debate on the death penalty.

According to CNA, in early April Amnesty International released a report on the practice of death penalty around the world, showing that Taiwan ranked fifth in Asia in terms of executing its death-row inmates. The report said Taiwan had around 50 inmates awaiting execution.

In response to Lochbihler's condemnation, Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said the government must first achieve a consensus in the public before it can gradually work toward limiting the use of capital punishment.

The ministry's spokeswoman Anna Kao said Taiwan is eager to protect human rights, and has been very cautious in meting out the death penalty.

April 21, 2013    superkinez@
Barbara Lochbihler! Mind your own business! Ask yourself why there is so much crime in most major European cities. Stay out of our business. You don't even recognize the ROC Taiwan as a nation, so why should we care what you have to say?
April 22, 2013    wherenext.guardian@
There's a bit more crime in certain US cities also and of course they don't have the death penalty! Oh, wait a minute ...!
April 24, 2013    jacknatr@
When love is becoming selfish, compassion is forgotten, killing can be used as an efficient tool to silence their fellows rather than giving more efforts to understand human own mistakes and teach people to love and understand their actions.
April 25, 2013    jackpatsy@
Executed for "multiple" murders? By all means do away with them. Bleeding hearts defending scum like that- shame on them.
April 25, 2013    dpp4sale@
I like to watch them LIVE on my flat screen... or maybe at YOUTUBE!!!
April 25, 2013    conorwhite@
superkinez@ wrote:
Barbara Lochbihler! Mind your own business! Ask yourself why there is so much crime in most major European cities. Stay out of our business. You don't even recognize the ROC Taiwan as a nation, so why should we care what you have to say?
Its not a question of why you should care.. its a question of why do you care?
If you do not care then why do you need to tell Barbara Lochbihler to mind her own business.
April 25, 2013    conorwhite@
"He said some people may wish to see Taiwan follow the examples of some European countries and abolish the death penalty, but the majority of the people in Taiwan clearly support the idea of keeping capital punishment for serious crimes."

Not only do the people of Taiwan support the idea... but according to him.... the people of Taiwan CLEARLY support the idea.

And I suppose he has got stats or opinion polls that support this?
April 26, 2013    TXXVAL@
HEH BARB, SHUT YOUR MOUTH....U CAN’T EVEN MANAGE YOUR OWN LIFE..GO AWAY !!!!
April 26, 2013    curtisakbar@
Many people from Britain want capital punishment back as the youngsters have no respect or values. I say keep the death penalty and add more stuff like caning etc
April 27, 2013    carltanong@
Barbara Lochbihler
_The death penalty is NOT subjected to restriction by a few human right activists like u to decide by protecting the dear lives of the lawless elements.
_The death penalty is subject to or subjected to for the right for all law abiding citizens’ dear life', it is the paramount duty of societies and governments to punish and eliminates once and for all those lawless element from our society for the sake of security and dear life of law abiding citizens. And stop crying for the criminals and begin to clean your own house. PERIOD.
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