South Africa a lesson for KMT: researcher

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 17, 2018
By: Chen Yu-fu and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) should participate in transitional justice instead of

Taiwan New Century Foundation chairman Chen Wen-hsien, center, talks at a forum on UN International Day of Democracy and Democratic Development in East Asia in Taipei yesterday, while Korean Studies Academy chief executive officer Rick Chu, behind camera left, and Transitional Justice Commission researcher Tseng Chien-yuan, right, listen.  Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

opposing it all the time, Transitional Justice Commission researcher Tseng Chien-yuan (曾建元) said yesterday at a discussion hosted by the Taiwan New Century Foundation to mark International Day of Democracy on Saturday.

Former South African president F.W. de Klerk of the National Party pushed for the abolition of the apartheid system and won the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, Tseng said.

If the KMT approves of how South Africa approached reconciliation, it should participate in transitional justice instead of constantly opposing it, he said.

Tseng also said that even now many people in Taiwan are “politically nostalgic” and miss former presidents Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國).

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