Taiwan

RetentionistLegal status of the death penalty*
42Number of individuals currently under sentence of death
0Executions in 2021
1Executions in 2020
0Executions in 2019

2018Last known execution
Shooting, Lethal InjectionMethod(s) of execution
Not applicableParty to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Not applicableParty to the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty
Not applicableParty to the American Convention on Human Rights
Not applicableParty to the Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to Abolish the Death Penalty
Not applicableUN Moratorium Resolution (2010): cosponsor
Not applicableUN Moratorium Resolution (2010): vote
Not applicableUN Moratorium Resolution (2010): has signed the Note Verbale of Dissociation
Not applicableUN Moratorium Resolution (2012): cosponsor
Not applicableUN Moratorium Resolution (2012): vote
Not applicableUN Moratorium Resolution (2012): has signed the Note Verbale of Dissociation
NoDoes the country have a mandatory death penalty?
2021-08-30Last update


Source: Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide
*Source of classification: Amnesty International

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Overview on death row inmates: Taiwan’s Experience

By Lin Hsinyi, on 8 September 2020


2020

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Taiwan


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Presentation of Lin Hsinyi, Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty for the Fact-finding workshop focused on the socioeconomic status of people on death row which took place during the 2017 General Assembly of the World Coalition

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The Death Penalty in Taiwan: a Report on Taiwan’s legal obligations under the ICCPR

By David T. Johnson / The Death Penalty Project / Wen-Chen Chang, on 8 September 2020


NGO report

Taiwan


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The report highlights specific aspects of Taiwan’s domestic legal order that does not meet the minimum standards under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Taiwan passed legislation to incorporate the ICCPR into the domestic legal order in 2009, yet the current death penalty practice is largely out of line with the contemporary understanding of the ICCPR as it relates to the death penalty.

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From seventy-eight to zero: Why executions declined after Taiwan’s democratization

By Fort Fu-Te Liao / Punishment and Society, on 8 September 2020


Article

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This article examines, from a legal perspective, why executions in Taiwan declined from 78 in 1990 to zero in 2006. The inquiry focuses on three considerations: the number of laws that authorized employment of the death penalty; the code of criminal procedure; and the manner in which executions were carried out, including the manner in which amnesty was granted. The article argues that the ratification of international covenants and constitutional interpretations did not play a significant role in the decline, and that several factors that did play a role included the annulment or amendment of laws, changes in criminal procedure, establishment of and further amendments to guidelines for execution and two laws for reducing sentences. This article maintains that the absence of executions in 2006 is a unique situation that will not last because some inmates remain on death row, meaning that executions in Taiwan will continue unless the death penalty is abolished. However, the article concludes that the guarantee of the utmost human right, the right to life, can be sustained in Taiwan through the demands of democratic majority rule.

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