Sentenced to death in 1980s despite dearth of evidence, Chiou Ho-shun remains a hole in Tsai administration's transitional justice narrative
By Micah McCartney, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
A living reminder that the quest for transitional justice is far from over
Taiwan has won accolades from the international community in recent memory for being a democratic success story in the shadow of authoritarian China; for becoming the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage; and at this moment, for the adeptness and openness with which it has tackled the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the island is making visible efforts to redress some of the darkest episodes of its past.
Soon after her inauguration in 2016, Tsai formally apologized for the historical mistreatment of the island's indigenous peoples. Two years later, her administration established the Transitional Justice Commission to investigate and make public human rights violations during Taiwan's martial law period, with an online database of victims being launched this year on the 73rd anniversary of the 2/28 Massacre. [FULL STORY]