World Coalition Steering Committee member

Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP)

The Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) is a coalition of local abolitionist NGOs and research institutes, which promotes the reform of Taiwan’s penal system in addition to advocating the abolition of the death penalty.

It was launched in September 2003, by the Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), the Judicial Reform Foundation (JRF), Fujen University John Paul II Peace Institute, the Chang Fo-chuan Center for the Study of Human Rights, the Taipei Bar Association (TBA) and the Peacetime Foundation.

The TAEDP understands that Taiwan’s society has not yet been exposed to a true debate on the death penalty, and that the general public seems to support capital punishment as a form of revenge.
The Alliance therefore aims at creating an open discussion forum for the society on various issues regarding its abolition. It is particularly aware of the need to take victims’ rights into account in penal reform.

Taiwan underwent the world’s longest uninterrupted martial law rule from 1949 until 2000. During that time, 197 capital crimes were introduced in the state’s legislation, 89 of which carry mandatory death sentences.

Since 2000, newly elected leaders have been promising the abolition of the death penalty. The TAEDP wants the reform to be carried out and enshrined in Taiwan’s constitution.

Its advocacy and awareness efforts relies on the participation of prominent opinion leaders as well as visual artists to kick-start the debate on the island.
Film festivals and photographic exhibitions are among the means the Alliance uses to achieve its goals.

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World Coalition Steering Committee member

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Legislators’ Opinions on the Death Penalty in Taiwan

on 24 March 2022


NGO report

Public Opinion 


More details See the document

In 2021, The Death Penalty Project and the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP) commissioned Professor Carolyn Hoyle at the University of Oxford and Professor Shiow-duan Hawang at Soochow University, Taipei to carry out a study exploring Taiwanese legislators’ attitudes towards capital punishment.

The study reveals that the majority of Taiwan’s legislators would like to see the death penalty abolished. The risk of wrongful convictions, the abuse of human rights and a recognition that the death penalty has no unique deterrent effect, were the primary reasons cited for supporting abolition. Additionally, a majority of legislators interviewed expressed fairly low levels of trust in the Taiwanese criminal justice system, with doubts raised over its ability to offer adequate safeguards to individuals facing capital trials.

Key findings:

– 61% of legislators interviewed are in favour of abolishing the death penalty
– 39% of legislators interviewed are in favour of retaining the death penalty, but only one legislator was strongly in favour
– 71% of retentionists and 65% of abolitionists asserted that wrongful convictions ‘sometimes’ occurred
– Only 11% of legislators interviewed thought that wrongful convictions ‘rarely’ occur
– All legislators interviewed expressed a preference for social justice measures, such as poverty reduction, over increased executions when asked to rank a range of policies aimed at reducing violent crime