Commission exonerates 1,505 people

ABSOLVED: Taiwan should be a nation of justice and integrity, and the government should tackle the history of injustice head-on, Vice President Chen Chien-jen said

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 10, 2018
By: Chen Yu-fu  /  Staff reporter

A total of 1,505 people who were unjustly convicted during the authoritarian era were

Vice President Chen Chien-jen, center back, presides over a traditional Atayal ceremony at the Jingmei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park in New Taipei City yesterday, in which 1,505 people who were unjustly convicted during the nation’s authoritarian era were exonerated.  Photo: Chen Yu-fu, Taipei Times

yesterday exonerated in a traditional Atayal ritual attended by Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁).

Of the people exonerated, 27 were Aborigines who were unjustly tried in the aftermath of the 228 Incident or during the White Terror era, Chen said at the event held in New Taipei City’s Jingmei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park.

Many of them were very young when they were convicted and some were executed, he said, adding that it was deeply humiliating and traumatic for the victims and their families.

Although many of the exonerated people have passed away, the government still has to ensure that the guilty verdicts from the unjust trials are revoked, Chen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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