‘CHEATING’:Killing convicts is not the answer to public demands for better child protection and building a safer society, death penalty advocates and opponents say
Date: Jun 06, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
The Ministry of Justice’s executions of six death row inmates yesterday drew fire from
both advocates and opponents of the death penalty.
“I support the death penalty, but I cannot accept that this is the government’s response to our call for better protection for children,” said Wang Wei-chun (王薇君), chairwoman of the Association for Promotion of Children’s Rights and the aunt of a two-year-old child who died after being abused. “The government is not shouldering the responsibility that it should; it is trying to cheat.”
“So what happnes after the executions? Six more next year, or more executions when the next serious crime occurs? What is the government doing [about crime prevention]?” Wang asked.
Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty executive director Lin Hsin-yi (林欣怡) echoed Wang’s views, although they hold different opinions on whether capital punishment should continue. [FULL STORY]