Bill to declassify political files finalized

‘CARTE BLANCHE’? The KMT said the DPP would use the legislation as a weapon, but the NDC rejected the idea, saying that it was designed to facilitate the collection of data

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Executive Yuan yesterday finalized a draft political archives act to declassify political

Documents related to the 228 Incident are pictured in an undated photograph posted by President Tsai Ing-wen on Facebook on Feb. 25 last year. Photo: Screengrab from President Tsai Ing-wen’s Facebook page

files held by government agencies, political parties and affiliates that have been classified for at least 30 years.

The draft act is to complement the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例), which was passed in December last year and was designed to facilitate efforts to uncover the truth about the nation’s authoritarian era and promote transitional justice.

The proposal specifies rules to cover the transfer of political data to the government, the uses of such data and the extent to which such data are to be disclosed.

The National Development Council (NDC) would be in charge of collating, preserving and publicizing political files dating from Aug. 15, 1945, to Nov. 6, 1992, that are linked to the 228 Incident, the Martial Law era and the Period of National Mobilization against Communist Rebellion.    [FULL  STORY]

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