Taipei, A total of 1,056 people who were killed or unjustly convicted during the brutal crackdown on an islandwide anti government uprising in 1947 are expected to be exonerated, the Transitional Justice Commission said in a statement issued Monday.
The commission is set to release a list of the latest round of exonerations Wednesday, which will be posted on the commission's and the Executive Yuan's official websites, it said.
Of the people to be exonerated, 70 were potential victims in the 228 Incident and were listed by the 228 Memorial Foundation as eligible for government compensation.
The 228 Incident refers to a brutal crackdown by the thenKuomintang government headed by Chiang Kaishek after the anti government uprising. The crackdown, which continued into May that year, left an estimated 18,00028,000 people dead, many of them members of the intellectual elite, according to government figures.
According to recently unearthed historical documents, many more people may have been killed in the 228 Incident or during the subsequent crackdown in the aftermath, the commission said, adding that the families of potential victims can apply for compensation from the foundation, based on relevant documents and historical research reports.
The commission said it has listed a total of 3,831 exonerations in three rounds, which include people who were killed in the 228 Incident and people who were wrongly convicted of espionage or sedition during the Martial Law period, a period of suppression of political dissidents, a period known as the White Terror that followed the 228 Incident.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel