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Death penalty no longer mainstream: EU envoy

Death penalty no longer mainstream: EU envoy

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Capital punishment is becoming less and less mainstream and the European Union hopes Taiwan will take notice of this global trend, the head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taipei said Wednesday. "Capital punishment is becoming a more and more marginal practice," Frederic Laplanche told reporters on the sidelines of a film festival opening, when asked about the EU's stance on capital punishment. "We hope that Taiwan is aware of the direction in which the world is heading," Laplanche said. He said the EU will continue to communicate with different sectors in Taiwan and stressed that European countries are not the only ones abolishing the death penalty. A total of 98 countries have scrapped the death penalty, he said, adding that executions took place in only 22 countries, including Taiwan, in 2013. The debate over the death penalty heated up again in Taiwan after the Tainan High Court upheld Monday a life sentence for a man convicted of the murder of a 10-year-old boy, stirring up the wrath of many who believe the killer should be sentenced to death. Laplanche, however, declined to comment on Justice Minister Lo Ying-shay's remark Wednesday that she hopes to see the eventual abolition of the death penalty in Taiwan. "We really would not like to intervene too much in Taiwan's internal discussions," Laplanche said. He added that the goal of the EU is to offer its own experience to Taiwan through dialogue, such as by inviting European judges and experts to Taiwan to interact with local judicial professionals and the public. Four European judges will participate in the fourth EU-Taiwan Judicial Exchange Program scheduled to take place Oct. 13-17 in Taiwan. The program, which aims to facilitate exchanges on human rights and justice between European and Taiwanese judicial professionals, will include a dialogue on the death penalty and why Europe has abandoned it, the EETO said Tuesday. A survey carried out in Taiwan and released by the Ministry of Justice in 2012 showed that 76.7 percent of the respondents support the death penalty. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-06-18 07:52 GMT+08:00