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By: International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)
The Transitional Justice Commission said the military honor guard at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei should be discontinued, as the complex remains a symbol of Taiwan’s authoritarian past.
According to acting commission chair Yang Tsui (楊翠), removal of the honor guard will help promote “social communication” and show that “Taiwan attaches importance to human rights and democratic values.”
Yang said the discontinuance of the honor guard should also be part of a wider revision of the way the complex is managed and it should host permanent exhibitions highlighting human rights and democracy.
The commission has proposed five guidelines for the transformation of the memorial hall. The guidelines include removing the statues of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), highlighting evidence of authoritarian rule and the people’s opposition to such rule, and undertaking research and education related to human rights, democracy and rule of the law.