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Chen supporters, police in violent clash

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PHOTO: WANG YI-SUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Supporters of former president Chen Shui-bian were yesterday involved in violent clashes with the police outside the Taipei District Court, where the former president and some of his former aides are being tried.

Hundreds of Chen’s supporters gathered outside the court building yesterday, wearing green T-shirts and carrying signs with slogans such as “Release A-bian now” and “No police state.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2009 14:18 ) Read more...
 

Professor Jerome A. Cohen calls for Taiwan’s legal scholars to speak out on law reforms

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Anyone who cares about law and government has to be impressed by visiting Taiwan. Its democratically elected president and legislature, spurred by the interpretations of its independent Constitutional Court, have just ended the power of the police to imprison people without affording them the full protections of the newly revised judicial process.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:06 ) Read more...
 

Ma defends lawsuit against prosecutor Hou

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President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday defended his decision to file an appeal in court, insisting that he did the right thing and it was his duty to go forward and not to turn back.

“I did something I am supposed to do and I will proceed without hesitation,” Ma was quoted as saying by Presidential Office Public Affairs Department Director Tsai Chung-li, who said Ma made the remarks after learning about public criticism of his decision to appeal.

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Ma pursues lawsuit against prosecutor

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President Ma Ying-jeou has filed an appeal at the Taipei District Court after prosecutors decided not to indict Hou Kuan-jen, a prosecutor on the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) of the Supreme Prosecutors Office, for forgery. Taipei District Court spokesperson Huang Chun-ming said yesterday the court received a letter of committal for trial in March from Ma’s attorney, but the court has yet to announce its ruling.

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Taiwan remembers democracy pioneer / Taipei Times 20090405

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The Deng Nan-jung Memorial Hall yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of democracy movement pioneer Deng Nan-jung with a renewed pledge to push for freedom and human rights.

On April 7, 1989, Deng, then editor-in-chief of Freedom Era Weekly, set himself on fire as heavily armed police attempted to break into his office following his 71 days of self-imposed isolation after he was charged with sedition for the anti-government views expressed in his magazine, which published a draft “Republic of Taiwan constitution” in 1988.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 April 2009 12:07 ) Read more...
 

Statement by former president Chen Shui-bian

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I have been detained for 118 days now. My personal freedom has been taken away by Ma Ying-jeou’s administration. The KMT government, attempting to cage my freedom of expression, has used detention as a mean to threaten and punish me. Yet I remain unafraid. I must stand tall and appeal to the world. I must protest and tell my story for the sake of freedom, democracy, human rights and justice in Taiwan. I believe that the verdict in my case was prepared long in advance and that my sentence has already been determined since such decisions are not really up to the prosecutors and judges who are merely following orders.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 April 2009 12:08 ) Read more...
 

Taiwan Tati Cultural and Educational Foundation Youth Volunteer Corps Press Release

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Ever since the second detention of the former President Chen Shui-bian, our entire society has been highly concerned about President Chen’s case.  The commentators and the media have all paid maximum amount of attention to the developments of this case.  Taiwan Tati Cultural and Educational Foundation during this time period had also received many from all sectors of our society concerns and sympathies for President Chen; especially the e-mails from many users on the internet.  The internet is a young people’s platform.  Our Foundation, with our faith in the February 28th Taiwan Divinities as well as world-wide accepted values of freedom, democracy, and human rights as our basis, has today specifically come to the Taipei Detention Center in Tucheng to show our concerns for President Chen’s current situation and to convey the many internet using young people’s warm sympathies for President Chen. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:55 ) Read more...
 


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Taiwanese and Tibetan activists are urging Taiwan’s government to show greater concern over poor human rights conditions in China, and especially Tibet, that have led Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest.

Chow Mei-li (周美里), chairwoman of the Taiwan Friends of Tibet, said she believes Taiwan’s government has the ability and is obliged to influence China on the issue as the two sides “have many channels of communication open.” With leaders in Taiwan and China able to communicate frequently, it is Taiwan’s responsibility to urge Beijing to respect the human rights and religious freedoms of Tibetans, she said.