Nonetheless, Taiwan is aware of the views of the international community, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights -- two international human rights covenants that Taiwan ratified in 2009, he said.
Any move to abolish capital punishment will be a complex process, Chiu said, noting that it has long been a contentious issue in the society.
"I hope consensus can be forged through dialogue," Chiu said at a legislative hearing, when asked whether his ministry planned to push for abolition of the death penalty.
Ten days before Chiu took office on May 20, his predecessor Luo Ying-shay gave the order for the execution of one of the 43 death row inmates in Taiwan. Cheng Chieh, who killed four people in random a knife attack on a Taipei Metro train in 2014, was executed by gunshots to the back on May 11. (By Page Tsai and Lilian Wu)