The China Post
Death penalty removed from nation's military law
TAIPEI -- Taiwan moved a step closer toward the reduced use of the death penalty yesterday as the Legislative Yuan amended the country's law on military service violations.
The Legislature passed the third reading of the bill, which amends the Punishment Act for Violation to the Military Service System by removing capital punishment as an option in Articles 16 and 17.
According to the revised articles, those who carry weapons in a group and seriously hurt a person while trying to obstruct individuals from performing their military service will be subject to a maximum life sentence rather than the death penalty.
The amendment was passed to protect human rights in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both signed by Taiwan in 2009, the government said.
Human rights groups at home and abroad have repeatedly urged Taiwan's government to abolish the use of the death penalty, but authorities have said a consensus on the issue has yet to be reached in the country, with opposition to abolishing capital punishment still strong.