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Flogging will not be used as punishment

2017/12/05 23:05:17

Tang Feng (唐鳳)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Flogging will not be adopted as a form of punishment for drunk drivers and other criminals because it is incompatible with mainstream international views on human rights, a minister without portfolio responsible for digital policies said Tuesday.

"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment," Tang Feng (唐鳳) said on her Facebook page, quoting a Ministry of Justice response to a recent online proposal that flogging should be imposed as a legal punishment in Taiwan.

The proposal, submitted on the National Development Council's (NDC) Public Policy Network Participation Platform, went online for public review in late October.

By Nov. 3, it had received more than 5,000 votes of support.

The platform allows anyone to make a policy proposal, and if it receives 5,000 or more votes of support within 60 days of submission, related government agencies are required to respond.

A meeting with justice officials was then convened by Tang to discuss the government's response to the matter on Dec. 1.

According to Tang, the Justice Ministry said flogging as punishment goes against United Nations' International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Flogging will not be a good solution to deter drunk driving, the minister without portfolio said, quoting participants in the Dec. 1 meeting.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)