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Legislature passes act promoting transitional justice

2017-12-06
  • President Tsai Ing-wen

    President Tsai Ing-wen

    (CNA)

The legislature has passed an act promoting transitional justice.


Under the act, passed Tuesday, the Cabinet will establish a nine-person committee tasked with the promotion of transitional justice in Taiwan. The members of the committee will be nominated by the premier and approved by the Legislature.

 

President Tsai Ing-wen said that this act was a milestone in Taiwan’s freedom and democracy.

 

"When all the people can face the past, the entire country can walk towards the future," Tsai said. "We hope for the day, when transitional justice is completed, that no political party needs to bear the burdens of the authoritarian period and people will no longer hate each other due to the painful past," said Tsai. 


Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-Yung said that once the law takes effect, the government will discuss further plans. These include getting rid of authoritarian symbols, declassifying political documents, and judicial reform. There have been rumors that planned reforms will lead the government to change street names, but Hsu said that this is just speculation. Hsu said that the committee will announce its plans after it is established.