Taiwan prison overcrowding called into question by intl. human rights experts

Official said improvement has been made over years

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/01/19
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taipei (Taiwan News) – A five-day review meeting of the ROC’s Second Report under

(Photo courtesy of the Agency of Corrections, Ministry of Justice)

the ICCPR and ICESCR was held in Taipei this week. In the review, experts address the issue of prison overcrowding in Taiwan which is considered an unacceptable violation of human rights by the attending international law experts.

The ICCPR and ICESCR are the two UN covenants on human rights.

Peer Lorenzen, a retired judge and section president of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cited an important ruling by ECHR in 2012, saying that imprisonment in under three square meters may violate human rights.

The required living space per prisoner is far from being met in Taiwan, according to the experts, which was in part blamed for a ruling by the high court in Scotland in 2016 that rejected Taiwan’s extradition request for Zain Dean.    [FULL  STORY]

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