Gov’t communicating with EU over death penalty
The government has continued to communicate with European Union (EU) countries on the use of capital punishment in Taiwan, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday, days after Taiwan executed six death-row inmates.
Responding to the EU’s comments on Taiwan’s latest use of capital punishment, Yi Chih-chen ( ), Deputy Director-General of MOFA’s Department of European Affairs, said the ministry has been keeping in close contact with the EU on the issue of abolishing the death penalty for years.
Its overseas representative offices have also repeatedly explained Taiwan government’s stance to foreign governments.
That is why, Yi said that the EU’s latest comments after Taiwan executed six death-row inmates last Friday are “relatively mild” even though the EU still holds firmly to its stance on opposing death penalty.
The ministry will continue to engage in multilateral exchanges with European countries over the issue, he added.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice executed six death-row inmates last Friday.
Following the executions, the EU released a statement via the European Economic and Trade Office (EETC) in Taiwan to reiterate its opposition to the use of the death penalty and called for an “immediate moratorium” on executions.
”We recognize the suffering of the victims of the crimes involved and express our sincere sympathy to their families,” said the statement issued late Friday by the European External Action Service, which is the EU’s diplomatic service.
”However, the EU reiterates that the death penalty can never be justified and calls for its universal abolition,” it said.
In response to criticism that the EU’s comments were an attempt to interfere with Taiwan’s internal affairs, the EETC said in a Facebook statement last Saturday that it was simply calling for bilateral dialogue over the issue.
The EETC said it would never interfere in another country’s affairs.