Legislature approves nominees to transitional justice committee

Taipei, The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday approved the nine people nominated to be members of the Transitional Justice Promotion Committee, tasked with uncovering Taiwan's history of political repression during its martial law period.

After being confirmed, the committee is expected to start operations later this month, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (???) said.

Former legislator and Control Yuan member Huang Huang-hsiung (???) will serve as the committee's chairman, and Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chang Tien-chin (???) will serve as vice chairman.

The Legislature also approved the committee's three full-time members and four part-time members, with the vote proceeding along party lines.

The members received near unanimous support from ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers, who hold 68 of the legislative body's 113 seats.

But four of the five pan-green New Power Party lawmakers cast votes opposing Huang's candidacy and three voted against Chang.

The main opposition Kuomintang and smaller People First Party abstained.

The three full-time members are Yang Tsui (??), an associate professor of Sinophone literature at National Dong Hwa University; Peng Jen-yu (???), an ethnologist at Academia Sinica; and Yeh Hung-lin (???), a former chief executive of the Taiwan Association for Truth and Reconciliation.

The four part-time members are pastor Eleng Tjaljimaraw (???) with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, lawyer Yu Po-hsiang (???), Academia Sinica historian Hsu Hsueh-chi (???), and National Taiwan University history professor Hua Yih-fen (???).

According to the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice passed in December last year, the committee is to consist of nine members nominated by the premier, and subject to legislative review and confirmation.

It will include a maximum of three members from the same political party and no fewer than three members from each gender.

The commission has been entrusted with several missions, including making political archives more readily available; removing remnants of Taiwan's authoritarian past; redressing judicial injustices; producing a report on the history of the period; and taking steps to promote transitional justice.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel