Taiwan-European Union human rights seminar to be held today

By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan–A European Union (EU)-Taiwan Human Rights seminar is scheduled to be held today in Taipei’s Legislative Yuan to facilitate exchanges on the subject between the European experts and Taiwanese legislators, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) has said. The seminar is expected to be joined by four European experts in the area: Lord Purvis, a member of the UK House of Lords; Gero Meinen, director of the Department of Correctional Services and Criminal Law under the Ministry of Justice of the Federal State of Berlin; professor Dirk Van Zyl Smit of comparative and international penal law at Nottingham University; and Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowska, legal policy officer of the Directorate General of Justice under the European Commission, the EETO said in a released statement. The delegation will contribute to the “2016 EU Taiwan Human Rights Legislative Seminar” organized by the Legislative Yuan Cross-party Human Rights Promotion Association, according to the EETO.

The experts will give presentations on the protection of victims’ rights in Europe, possible alternative sentencing to the death penalty, rehabilitation and post-sentence treatment of offenders, and Europe’s experience in abolishing the death penalty.

The seminar is part of the 2016 EU-Taiwan Human Rights Exchange Program that kicked off on Monday.

Aside from the seminar at the Legislative Yuan, a workshop with Taiwanese human rights NGOs, and public talks in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung were also held. The delegation of European experts was jointly invited by the British Office, the French Office in Taipei, the German Institute in Taipei, the EETO and other Taiwanese partners.

For more information and to register for the events in the program, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/xzR9SDa6Tg