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Legislation on transitional justice passes Legislature

2017/12/05 21:13:16

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Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) The Legislature enacted Tuesday a law to establish a transitional justice system to address the legacy of injustices left by former Kuomintang (KMT) administrations, paving the way for President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to deliver on one of her main campaign pledges.

The period covered by the law was specified as between Aug. 15, 1945, when Japan's colonial rule of Taiwan ended, and Nov. 6, 1992, when martial law on Kinmen and Matsu ended, following the lifting of martial law on Taiwan proper in July 1987.

The Executive Yuan is required by the law to set up an ad hoc committee to implement transitional justice measures set forth under the law, including the retrieval of political archives possessed by the KMT that are significant to documenting the history of repression during the era.

The law requires the committee to produce a report on the history, which is expected in two years. It also stipulates that political victims unlawfully convicted during the era shall be allowed to ask for a retrial or have their charges quashed to restore their reputations.

Tsai reiterated her campaign pledge when she addressed an event on Feb. 28 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident of 1947 that enacting legislation to promote transitional justice was a priority the government would strive to deliver by this year.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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