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Taiwan on Trial
Campus Report ^ | December 5, 2008 | Jesse Masai

Posted on 12/05/2008 11:23:04 AM PST by bs9021

Taiwan on Trial

by: Jesse Masai, December 05, 2008

The health of democracy within the tiny nation of Taiwan came under scrutiny at the Heritage Foundation recently.

Former Deputy Minister of the National Science Council Ching Jyh Shieh described his 50 days of detention without trial at the hands of the Taiwanese government.

Crowded in small cells, Shieh had seen the pain of incarceration without trial. Arrests are arbitrary, he said, and the evidence circumstantial.

“One is jailed for supposed danger to others, reason of possible flight from the country, possibility to destroy evidence and to collude with others, yet often times there exist no grounds for any of these,” said Shieh.

He also argued that the shortcomings of the judicial system have been further exposed and dramatized by its propensity to be influenced by Taiwan’s media.

Stephen Yates, visiting fellow at Heritage’s Asian Studies Center, argued that there is an opportunity for the current president of Taiwan to do more for the cause of human rights, owing to his background as a former justice minister.

“China and other interested observers are looking to witness the open, just application of the law in Taiwan,” he said. Yates argued that the Taiwanese government is mistaken to perceive Heritage’s concerns over its human rights situation as criticism.

“There is never a bad time to start asking questions about a problem,” he said.

He argued that the rule of law and democracy project in Taiwan is not yet a finished product.

Shieh’s story was important, he said, because personalization of the process provides clarity on what must be done to move the country forward. Nevertheless, compared to the mainland Taiwan is transparency defined and justice for all....

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TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: china; dueprocess; humanrights; taiwan

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