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Luo Ying-shay named new justice minister (update)

2013/09/23 17:04

Incoming Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay (center).

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Minister without Portfolio Luo Ying-shay will be the country's new justice minister, the Executive Yuan announced Monday.

Luo will fill the post vacated by Tseng Yung-fu who resigned Sept. 6 after being implicated in an influence peddling scandal.

Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang has been serving as acting justice minister since then.

Luo, 61, is expected to defend judicial independence and further align Taiwan's human rights development with international standards once she assumes the post later this month, the Executive Yuan said in a statement. She will be Taiwan's third female justice minister.

Describing Luo as a person of integrity and diligence, the statement said she has dedicated herself to improving human rights throughout her public service career.

Most recently, Luo helped the Ministry of National Defense work out a comprehensive plan to improve the military's grievance, disciplinary and appeals system, the statement said.

Luo currently heads a committee established by the Cabinet to handle requests for independent investigations into questionable court martial cases.

She has actively participated in amending children and youth welfare laws passed in 1993 and 2003 and also applied for a constitutional interpretation of Article 1089 of the Civil Code that gave fathers priority in de­ciding issues related to their children.

The ruling, handed down in 1994, paved the way for legislation that put children's rights first when determining parental rights, the statement said.

Luo also currently heads the largely nominal Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission and Fujian Province government (under the Republic of China government), which covers the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu.

She was Taiwan's first head of Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission ever to visit Mongolia.

A graduate of the Department of Law of National Taiwan University, Luo also holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York, the statement said.

Since joining government service, Luo has served as a specialist at the Ministry of Justice, deputy director of the Taipei Juvenile Detention House, and Presidential Office national policy adviser.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Sofia Wu)enditem/ls