By: Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Nongovernmental organization (NGO) activists on Monday called for greater public participation in a national campaign to discuss alternatives to the death penalty aimed at replacing it with other punishments.
A series of 30 deliberative meetings, titled “Let’s Discuss the Alternatives to the Death Penalty,” have been scheduled since May to engage with people holding different views on the death penalty. So far, 10 have been held and another 20 sessions are scheduled by the middle of 2019.
“We hope to hear a wide diversity of opinions on the subject no matter whether they support retaining or abolishing the death penalty,” Lin Hsin-yi (林欣怡), head of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) which initiated the campaign, said at a press conference. [FULL STORY]