Brussels, The issue of the death penalty in Taiwan is expected to be tackled when Taiwanese and European Union (EU) officials hold the annual Human Rights Consultations later this month.
Taiwan and the EU agreed to hold their second annual Human Rights Consultations in Brussels in mid May, and the meeting will be attended by high-ranking representatives from both sides, an EU official who spoke on condition of anonymity told CNA.
The EU will raise the issue of the death penalty and gender equality this year, the official further revealed, adding that it was the EU's position to ask Taiwan to put a moratorium on carrying out capital punishment, with an ultimate goal of abolishing it.
Taiwan and the EU held the first installment of the meeting in Taipei in March 2018, in which death penalty and gender equality were also on the agenda.
However, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice executed a man convicted of murdering his ex-wife and daughter just five months after the first Human Rights Consultations. In response, the EU issued a statement expressing its concerns over the execution.
In that statement, the EU described the death penalty as a "cruel and inhumane" form of punishment which failed to act as a deterrent to crimes and represented an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.
Some Taiwanese people rejected the EU statement, saying European countries should not impose their values on Taiwan.
Nonetheless, the EU said it will continue its dialogue with Taiwan on this issue.
It has been consistently advocating the abolishment of the death penalty, even making it a requirement for countries to join the regional bloc.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel