Gov’t will still carry out executions: President Ma


TAIPEI–Taiwan will continue to carry out executions of death row inmates as the country’s laws mandate, but the government has worked towards reducing the use of capital punishment, President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday.

The government’s policy, he said, is to phase out the use of capital punishment through existing laws and regulations. However, death-penalty convictions should still be carried out in accordance with the law.

His remarks came after Beverley Wakem, president of the International Ombudsman Institute, said at a Control Yuan seminar that some countries were violating human rights by implementing the death penalty.

The president reiterated that Taiwan was dedicated to human rights protection and noted that it had signed two United Nations human rights covenants — the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.