Taiwan passes laws to make Chinese spying punishable by death

Taiwan passes laws to make Chinese spying punishable by death

Kyodo News

Posted at May 09 2019 08:10 AM


TAIPEI – Chinese spies will be subject to Taiwan’s newly amended law under which they could face the death penalty, local media reported on Wednesday.

The legislature passed revisions to the penal code on Tuesday to stipulate that spies from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao committing acts of espionage could be punished by life imprisonment or even death.

Until now, Chinese spies have only been given light sentences.

Those include Zhen Xiaojiang, a retired People’s Liberation Army captain who was found guilty in September 2015 of setting up a spy ring in Taiwan, but received only a four-year prison sentence for violating the National Security Act.

The legislature also approved amendments to the Classified National Security Information Protection Act on Tuesday to increase the penalty of Taiwanese citizens leaking or handing classified national security information to people from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao.

China and Taiwan have been governed separately since Nationalist forces led by Chiang Kai-shek lost a civil war on the mainland to Communist forces under Mao Zedong in 1949. Beijing considers Taiwan as a renegade province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

==Kyodo – ABS-CBN News, 9/5/2019

Pakistan – UPR Outcome

ADPAN also made submissions for the Pakistan UPR – to see outcome of the UPR, follow link Universal Periodic Review – Pakistan
Amongst the things mentioned by Pakistan at the UPR is …
‘The delegation stated that the application of the death penalty was in full compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It was applicable only for
the most serious crimes. It could not be imposed on an individual under the age of 18…
Pakistan would remain committed to promoting a comprehensive human rights agenda, both by consolidating the progress that had been achieved and by further improving the implementation framework.’
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Japan :- UPR outcome on Death Penalty

ADPAN also made a submission for the UPR Review of Japan. Below are but some extracts from the outcome that demonstrates Japan’s position. To see the full list of documents related to Universal Periodic Review – Japan, follow the link .

Japan’s position on the issue of the death penalty is that this should be examined based on domestic public opinion. The majority of the Japanese people consider the death penalty to be unavoidable in the case of extremely heinous crimes and therefore Japan currently does not have any plans to establish a forum to discuss the death penalty system.

We provide support to victims and their families appropriately, regardless of whether or not a moratorium is introduced.

In Japan, the right to appeal is broadly recognized under the three-tier-trial system. Considering that many appeals have actually been made in death penalty cases and there is a problem to impose a burden of appealing on those who do not intend to appeal, Japan believes we should not introduce a system of mandatory appeal in cases where the death penalty has been handed down.

In Japan, a defendant has the right to appeal and the death penalty would not be carried out until the sentence becomes final and binding. We carefully take into account elements such as the absence of grounds for retrial, and only if these conditions are met, the order for execution will be placed. If we introduce a system of guaranteeing the suspension of the sentence for retrial, it will be inappropriate because as long as the inmate sentenced to death repeats the action for retrial, we will never be able to execute the sentence.