TAIWAN: EU CONDEMNS RESUMPTION OF EXECUTIONS
May 1, 2010: the European Union condemned the resumption of executions in Taiwan, asking the country to immediately re-establish the de facto moratorium on the death penalty. EU Foreign Affairs high representative Catherine Ashton condemned the four executions carried out by Taiwan for the first time since 2005.
'The Union asks the government of Taiwan to immediately re-establish the moratorium on the death penalty and work towards the abolition of capital punishment, in accordance with the global trend towards universal abolition', she said in a statement.
Four people were executed on April 30 in Taiwan after being found guilty of â€śserious crimesâ€ť, comprising murder and kidnapping.
The four were identified as Chang Chun-hung, Hung Chen-yao, Ko Shih-ming and Chang Wen-wei. (Sources: Ansa, 01/05/2010)