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  • 2008年11月18日火曜日

    「台湾の声」【台湾の司法腐敗に抗議】 Open letter on erosion of justice in Taiwan

    【台湾の司法腐敗に抗議】Open letter on erosion of justice in Taiwan


    http://www.taipeiti mes.com/News/ editorials/ archives/ 2008/11/06/ 2003427918


    Thursday, Nov 06, 2008

    2008/11/6


    The undersigned, scholars and writers from the US , Europe and Australia , wish to express their deep concern about the recent series of detentions in Taiwan of present and former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government officials. To date there have been at least seven such cases.

    It is obvious that there have been cases of corruption in Taiwan , but these have occurred in both political camps. The political neutrality of the judicial system is an essential element in a democracy. It is also essential that any accused are considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

    We also believe that the procedures followed by the prosecutor's offices are severely flawed: while one or two of the accused have been formally charged, the majority is being held incommunicado without being charged. This is a severe contravention of the writ of habeas corpus and a basic violation of due process, justice and the rule of law.

    In the meantime, the prosecutor's offices evidently leak detrimental information to the press. This kind of "trial by press" is a violation of the basic standards of judicial procedures. It also gives the distinct impression that the Kuomintang (KMT) authorities are using the judicial system to get even with members of the former DPP government.

    In addition, the people who are being held incommunicado are of course unable to defend themselves against the misreporting and the leaks in the news media.

    We do firmly believe that any alleged wrongdoings must be dealt with in a fair and open manner in an impartial court. Justice through the rule of law is essential to Taiwan 's efforts to consolidate democracy and protect fundamental human rights.

    We do not want to see Taiwan's hard-earned democracy jeopardized in this manner. Taiwan can justifiably be proud of its transition to democracy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It would be sad for Taiwan and detrimental to its international image if the progress which was made during the past 20 years would be erased. Taiwan needs to move forward, not backwards to the unfair and unjust procedures as practiced during the dark days of Martial Law (1947-1987).

    Signed:

    Julian Baum
    Former Far Eastern Economic Review bureau chief

    Nat Bellocchi
    Former American Institute in Taiwan chairman

    Coen Blaauw
    Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Washington

    David Prager Branner
    Director at large (East Asia),
    American Oriental Society

    Gordon G. Chang
    Author of
    The Coming Collapse of China


    PROF. June Teufel Dreyer
    University of Miami


    PROF. Edward Friedman
    University of Wisconsin

    PROF. Bruce Jacobs
    Monash University


    Richard C. Kagan
    Professor emeritus,
    Hamline University

    Jerome Keating
    Author and former associate professor, National Taipei University(


    ASSOC. PROF. Daniel Lynch
    School of International Relations, University of Southern California


    PROF. Victor H. Mair
    University of Pennsylvania


    ASSOC. PROF. Donald Rodgers
    Austin College


    PROF. Terence Russell
    University of Manitoba


    PROF. Scott Simon
    University of Ottawa


    John J. Tkacik Jr
    Senior research fellow,
    The Heritage Foundation

    Gerrit van der Wees
    Editor, Taiwan Communique


    PROF. Arthur Waldron
    University of Pennsylvania


    PROF. Vincent Wei-cheng Wang
    University of Richmond


    Stephen Yates
    President of DC Asia Advisory and former deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs

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