Taipei-Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (???) on Monday called the adoption of flogging as a punishment for drunk drivers and other criminals incompatible with mainstream international views on human rights and the law.
Yeh made his remarks during a legislative Q&A session in response to a public petition on the National Development Council's Public Policy Network Participation Platform urging the introduction of flogging as a punishment for drunk drivers, sex offenders and child abusers.
"Both domestic and international laws do not approve of flogging as a form of punishment," he said.
The petition garnered more than 5,000 supporters, which mandates the related government agency issue a response.
The person who proposed the petition wanted to use flogging as an additional layer of deterrence to existing legal remedies in dealing with these crimes.
The minister said that although he understands the difficulties faced by police officers manning sobriety checkpoints, especially when drivers are uncooperative, Taiwan has long respected human rights and will continue to treat violations of the law in accordance with existing laws.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel