Taiwan is trying to make its executions ‘more human’ with new rules that allow the convicts to be tapped with a hood
Taiwan is trying to make its executions ‘more human’ with new rules that allow the convicts to be ambushed (before being sedated and shot in the heart)
- Convicted in Taiwan are currently being laid face down and shot in the heart
- They also receive a powerful sedative before being shot through the back
- New rules allow them to be masked to avoid seeing their executioner
- They are also allowed to perform the latest religious rituals and leave a farewell voice or video message to their families
Taiwan has released new procedures to carry out the death penalty – including preventing the convicts from seeing their executioner – but human rights defenders today said the movement was only a barbaric practice of money laundering.
The island has carried out 35 executions since a moratorium on the death penalty was lifted in 2010 – the last of which was a 53-year-old man convicted of murdering his parents in April.
In Taiwan, the death penalty is carried out by gunshot wounds. According to media reports, the convicts are first given a powerful sedative before being put face down and shot in the heart from the back.
Taiwan will give those condemned today the “humane” advantage of hooding so they don’t have to see their executioner, human rights activists said today. Shown: Stock image
“The death penalty is a brutal and inhuman punishment method … it is absurd to discuss how to enforce it in a more humane way,” said Chiu E-ling, director of Amnesty International Taiwan.
According to the measures adopted by the cabinet this week, the convicts must be tapped during the trial.
They are also allowed to perform the latest religious rituals and leave a farewell voice or video message to their families.
The executions are currently being carried out without notice after all professions have been exhausted.
Local media said the new rules were meant to make executions “more human.”
A May 2000 file image of the Death Chamber at the Walls in Huntsville, Texas. Media reports say convicted people in Taiwan are first given a powerful sedative before being put face down and shot in the heart
Lin Hsin-yi, Executive Director of Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, urged President Tsai Ing-wen’s government to make a pledge to abolish the death penalty.
“There is no humane way to carry out the death penalty. It shouldn’t be carried out anymore, “she said.
Taiwan is one of the most progressive democracies in Asia, but has received criticism from the international community for upholding the death penalty.
The island is divided on the issue and the majority of the public supports it, but human rights organizations and some political elites are calling for it to end.
Taiwan resumed the death penalty in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, and 39 prisoners are currently on death row.