“Six executions were carried out earlier this afternoon in four prisons throughout Taiwan – in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Hualien. We feel sad and outraged,” said Lin Hsinyi, Director of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty and ADPAN member.
All were executed by shooting. In December 2012, Taiwan executed the same number of prisoners, taking Taiwan to the fifth-largest executing country in the region in 2012. There are fears for the lives of the remaining 50 death row prisoners who have exhausted all their appeals.
Chen Tung-Jung, Chen Jui-Chin, Lin Chin-Te, Chang Pao-Hui, Li Chia-Hsuan, and Chi Chun-I were all executed today.
These latest executions come shortly after a report was issued on 1 March this year, by an International Group of Independent Experts, who recommended the government intensify its efforts to abolish the death penalty and introduce an immediate moratorium on executions. In response, the government tasked a special committee with examining options for the gradual abolition of the death penalty. The Independent Experts had been invited by the government to consider its report on implementation of UN human rights covenants.
The debate on the death penalty in Taiwan was brought into sharp focus in 2011 when Chiang Kuo-ching, a 21-year-old Air-Force cadet, was found to have been wrongly executed after a forced confession. Chiang Kuo-ching was granted an official posthumous pardon.
ADPAN appeals to the government to stop all further executions.
ADPAN members in Taiwan: