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Taiwan's Cabinet announces nominees to transitional justice committee

2018/03/31 13:30:06

Huang Huang-hsiung (CNA file photo)

Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Cabinet on Saturday announced the nomination of veteran democracy advocate Huang Huang-hsiung (黃煌雄) as chairman of the Transitional Justice Promotion Committee, which is tasked with uncovering the history of political repression during Taiwan's martial law period, as a foundation for social reconciliation.

Commenting on the nomination, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told reporters during a trip to Hualien that Huang is widely regarded by the public as a suitable choice for the position.

"His seniority, experience and dedication to finding the truth have received very good reviews from society," she said.

Huang, 73, served three terms in the Legislative Yuan, two terms in the Control Yuan and one term in the now-defunct National Assembly.

Meanwhile, Chang Tien-chin (張天欽), a lawyer who currently serves as a deputy chief of the Mainland Affairs Council, has been nominated as vice chairman of the committee, according to Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇).

Hsu also announced four other nominees to the committee: pastor Eleng Tjaljimaraw (高天惠) at the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, lawyer Yu Po-hsiang (尤伯祥), historian Hsu Hsueh-chi (許雪姬) at Academia Sinica and history professor Hua Yih-fen (花亦芬) at National Taiwan University.

The other three nominees will be announced at a later date, the spokesman said.

According to the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice passed in December last year, the committee will consist of nine members nominated by the premier, subject to legislative review and confirmation. It will include a maximum of three members from the same political party and no fewer than three members from each gender.

The commission has been entrusted with four missions -- making political archives more readily available, including the retrieval of those kept by the Kuomintang (KMT), which ruled Taiwan from 1945-2000, removing authoritarian symbols, redressing judicial injustice, producing a report on the history of the period and taking steps to promote transitional justice.

(By Elaine Hou and Y.F. Low)
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