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Medical letter writing action: Taiwan: Introduction of execution by lethal objection

, Index number: ASA 38/007/1992

The China Post of 20 October 1992 reported that the legislature of Taiwan had passed an amendment to the law regulating executions to permit execution by the injection of lethal chemicals (lethal injection). No executions by this method are known to have taken place to date. AI is concerned about the possible involvement of medical professionals in this type of execution: despite a clear ethical ban against medical participation, there have been reports that doctors have actively assisted in executions by lethal injection in the USA, the only other country to use such a method. AI is also concerned about the use of executed prisoners in Taiwan as a source of organs for transplants.

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