Date: Apr 11, 2016
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should expose the identities and actions of White Terror perpetrators after she assumes office on May 20, human rights campaigners and survivors of the White Terror era said yesterday.
Transitional justice is possible only when the responsibility of White Terror perpetrators is investigated, Formosan Political Prisoners Association honorary director-general Tsai Kuan-yu (蔡寬裕) said.
Chang Chiu-wu (張秋梧), a family member of a White Terror victim, said the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) must acknowledge its wrongdoing in its past actions and obtain the forgiveness of victims’ relatives.
“Tsai Ing-wen’s administration will need to be prepared to invest substantial resources in her proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for it to succeed,” said Huang Chang-lin (黃長玲), an associate professor of political science at National Taiwan University and former Taiwan Association for Truth and Reconciliation chairperson.
“Researching historical archives of the White Terror era is a daunting task and would require the Tsai administration to dedicate substantial resources to its proposed truth and reconciliation commission,” she added. [FULL STORY]