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Taiwan (Republic of China): Further information on death penalty / legal concern / fear of imminent execution: Su Chien-ho, Liu Ping-lang, Chuang Lin-hsiung

, N° d'index: ASA 38/004/1995

Taiwan's Prosecutor General after three unsuccessful appeals is now reported to have decided not to lodge any further appeals against the death sentences of the above named men. Following this decision the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, lawyers from the Taiwan and Taipei Bar Associations and several legislators are planning to make their own appeal. There is grave concern that the trials of the three men were unfair and that they were convicted largely on the basis of their own confessions which they claim were extracted after ill-treatment by police.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 38/04/95
Distr: UA/SC
25 May 1995
Further information on UA 76/95 (ASA 38/02/95, 23 March 1995) and follow-up
(ASA 38/03/95, 20 April) - Death penalty / Legal concern / Fear of imminent
execution
TAIWAN (REPUBLIC OF CHINA) Su Chien-ho
Liu Ping-lang
Chuang Lin-hsiung
Taiwan's Prosecutor General has made three unsuccessful appeals on behalf of
Su Chien-ho, Liu Ping-lang and Chuang Lin-hsiung in an attempt to prevent their
execution. He now is reported to have decided not to lodge any further appeals.
Following this decision the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, lawyers from
the Taiwan and Taipei Bar Associations and several legislators are planning
to make their own appeal in an attempt to save three men who may have been
convicted after unfair trial. They are asking the Minister of Justice to
reconsider the three death sentences and they are appealing to President Lee
Teng-hui to grant clemency.
Amnesty International is urging the authorities not to execute the three
prisoners. The organization is very concerned at reports that their trials
did not conform to international standards for fairness and that they may be
innocent. Amnesty International also opposes the death penalty in all cases
as a violation of the right to life and the ultimate form of cruel and inhuman
treatment.
The three men were sentenced to death on charges of robbery, rape and murder.
The courts reportedly convicted the them largely on the basis of their own
confessions which they claim were extracted after ill-treatment by police
officers. Their families have reportedly filed a lawsuit against four police
officers whom they accuse of ill-treating the prisoners.
The death penalty is in force in Taiwan for a wide range of offences. At least
15 prisoners were executed in 1994. President Lee Teng-hui has the
constitutional right to commute death sentences but appears to do so rarely.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English, Chinese or your own language:
- urging President Lee Teng-hui to exercise his constitutional right to commute
the death sentences imposed on Su Chien-ho, Liu Ping-lang and Chuang Lin-hsiung
as a matter of urgency;
- urging the Minister of Justice to review their conviction following
expressions of concern by human rights groups, lawyers and Taiwan's Prosecutor
General that their trial did not conform to international standards for
fairness;
- urging the Minister of Justice to order an immediate and impartial
investigation into reports that they were ill-treated during police
questioning;
- expressing opposition to the death penalty in all cases as a violation of
the right to life and the ultimate form of torture and inhuman punishment and
seeking its abolition in law.
APPEALS TO:
2
1) President Lee Teng-hui
Office of the President
Chiehshou Hall
122 Chungking S. Road, Sec 1
Taipei, Taiwan
Republic of China
Telegrams: President Lee Teng-hui, Taipei, Taiwan
Faxes: +886 2 311 9574 or 314 0746 (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Salutation: Dear President Lee
2) Ma Ying-jeou, Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
130 Chungching South Road, Sec 1
Taipei, Taiwan
Republic of China
Telegrams: Minister Ma Ying-jeou, Taipei, Taiwan
Faxes: +886 2 381 1528 or 389 6759
Salutation: Dear Minister Ma
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
1 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2 Chiehshou Road, Sec 2
Taipei Taiwan
Republic of China
Faxes: +886 2 311 9574 or 314 4972
2) Taiwan Association for Human Rights
9F, No 3, Lane 25, Sec 3
Hsingsheng S Road
Taipei, Taiwan
Republic of China
Faxes: +886 2 363 6102
3) China News
10th Floor, 109-1, Tung Hsing Street
Taipei, Taiwan
Republic of China
Faxes: +886 2 768 6773
4) Supreme Court
6 Chang Sha St, Sec 1
Taipei, Taiwan
Republic of China
Faxes: +886 2 341 9054
and to diplomatic representatives of TAIWAN (REPUBLIC OF CHINA) accredited
to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International secretariat,
or your section office if sending appeals after 12 July 1995.

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