15 November 2012
According to the Taiwan media the Ministry of Justice announced that nine people are to be executed.
The Taiwanese government must establish an immediate moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, in line with resolutions that have been adopted by the UN General Assembly since 2007.
“Executions in Taiwan would be a retrograde step at a time when the number of executions have come down in several countries in the region and positive regional developments restricting the death penalty are now being discussed in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia” said Louise Vischer Coordinator of the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN).
There are currently 61 prisoners under sentence of death in Taiwan. Four executions took place in 2010 and five in 2011. Death sentences continue to be passed.
ADPAN whose members include the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) appeals to the Minister of Justice to stop these executions and to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions.