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Foundation marches for Referendum Act changes

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Members of the People Rule Foundation walk around the Presidential Office Building in Taipei yesterday in a demonstration calling on the government to pass a draft amendment to the Referendum Act that would lower the thresholds for holding and passing referendums.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Dozens of members of the People Rule Foundation yesterday marched from Taipei’s 228 Memorial Park to the Presidential Office Building as part of its campaign to urge the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to swiftly pass a draft amendment to the Referendum Act (公民投票法).

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Lawmakers pass transitional justice act

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Formosan Political Prisoners Association honorary director-general Tsai Kuan-yu yesterday watches lawmakers review a draft law on transitional justice on a monitor in the legislative speaker’s reception room.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

The Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例), which aims to remove authoritarian-era symbols and retry cases of injustice from that era, was passed by the Legislative Yuan yesterday evening.

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The time of pleasing China is over

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On Tuesday LAST week the Yueyang City Intermediate People’s Court in China’s Hunan Province sentenced Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) to five years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.”

Lee told Chinese media that he confessed to and regretted the offense, would not appeal the verdict and accepted the prison sentence.

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‘Treason’ proposal passes committee

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Draft amendments to allow people accused of spying for China to be indicted on foreign aggression charges and to allow political parties to be indicted on organized crime charges was approved yesterday by the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.

Prosecutors have traditionally cited the National Security Act (國家安全法) when indicting alleged Chinese spies because the treason and foreign aggression offenses stipulated in the Criminal Code only apply to crimes committed on behalf of an “enemy state.”

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Revolutionary commander honored with wax statue

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Chang Kai-feng, Shih Tsuo-hsin and Deng Hsueh-jui, former senior officers under the command of late military commander Sun Li-jen, stand with Lo Kuang-hung and his brother, Lo Kuang-jen, sons of Sun’s former military photographer, right to left, at the unveiling on Saturday at a museum in Pingtung County of a full-body wax likeness of Sun.
Photo: Lo Hsin-chen, Taipei Times

A full-body wax likeness of late military commander Sun Li-jen (孫立人) was unveiled on Saturday at a museum in Pingtung County. It is the first wax statue of the celebrated commander to be made, curators said.

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‘Citizen judges’ bill drafted by Judicial Yuan

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At a news conference at the Taiwan High Court in Taipei yesterday Judicial Yuan employees demonstrate how criminal trials under the proposed “citizen judges” system would proceed.
Photo: Hsiang Cheng-chen, Taipei Times

The Judicial Yuan yesterday completed the first draft for a bill authorizing the public’s participation in criminal trials as so-called “citizen judges,” which received a mixed welcome from the nation’s legal professionals and judicial reform groups.

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Lee Ming-che sentenced to five years

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Lee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, shows how her husband had signaled her not to say anything because a listening device was concealed in his clothing, in Yueyang, China, yesterday.
Photo: CNA

A Chinese court yesterday sentenced Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) to five years in prison for holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed dissidents in a conviction demonstrating how Beijing’s harshest crackdown on human rights in decades has extended beyond China.

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Taiwan Nation Alliance convener Yao Chia-wen, center, tells a press conference in Taipei yesterday that his group plans to join other civic groups to stage a protest rally against President Ma Ying-jeou on Double Ten National Day tomorrow.
Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei Times

Taiwan Nation Alliance convener Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文) yesterday said that members of the alliance’s pro-localization groups will take part in a major rally against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to be staged by activist group Citizen 1985 on Double Ten National Day tomorrow.

“The alliance has three demands: that Ma step down to take responsibility for causing political turmoil; that the Special Investigation Division [SID] of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office be abolished for colluding with the president in conducting illegal wiretapping; and that the cross-strait service trade pact be blocked,” Yao said.