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Taiwan can learn from Germany on transitional justice: speaker

2019/02/27 18:47:59

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全, right)

Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said Wednesday during a meeting with a visiting parliamentary delegation from Germany that Taiwan can learn from Germany on how to deal with transitional justice.

During the meeting at the Legislative Yuan with the delegation led by German-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group Chairman Klaus-Peter Willsch, Su expressed gratitude for German parliamentarians' consistent support for Taiwan and their stance on opposing the use of force to settle the cross Taiwan-Strait issue.

Su noted that Willsch's last visit to the Legislative Yuan in May last year was to gain an understanding of the government's efforts to promote transitional justice and attend the inauguration of the National Human Rights Museum.

This time, the delegation's visit to Taiwan ahead of the four-day 228 Peace Memorial Day holiday has a special meaning for Taiwan, Su said.

The 228 Incident, a brutal crackdown by the then-authoritarian Kuomintang (KMT) government after an anti-government uprising in 1947, had a decisive effect on Taiwan's democratic development and is an unforgettable period of history for numerous innocent victims and their families, according to Su.

The 228 Peace Memorial Day is of great symbolic importance to Taiwan's transitional justice, and Germany's experiences in promoting transitional justice are worth learning from, he said.

Germany is Taiwan's fifth-largest source of imports and its 10th-largest export market, Su said, adding that given Germany's edge in advanced green energy technology, Taiwan should seek to cooperate with or learn from the country in that area.

For his part, Willsch said the delegation has met with several organizations and groups to exchange views on issues such as development of renewable energy and the establishment of a nuclear-free homeland.

It has also held a forum attended by representatives of German businesses with operations in Taiwan, most of whom expressed satisfaction with Taiwan's business environment.

The delegation arrived in Taiwan Monday for a six-day visit.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao)
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