Amnesty International Condemns Prosecution of Student Protesters

Amnesty International stated in a press release on February 10 that it condemns the prosecution of more than 100 Sunflower Movement student protesters.The organization said, “The Taiwanese authorities must drop criminal charges against people solely for participating in or organizing peaceful demonstrations.”

The press release also takes a swipe at the police action in response to the protests: “In contrast to the criminal investigations against the protesters, to date there has been no thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the police conduct during the removal of protesters from the Executive Yuan and surrounding areas on 23/24 March.”

Protesters outside the Executive Yuan at the start of the Sunflower Movement
Protesters outside the Executive Yuan at the start of the Sunflower Movement

Amnesty International pointed out that “In Taiwan, even by the government’s own admission, the Parade and Assembly Act violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Taiwan formally adopted in 2009.” The organization requests the Taiwanese government to overhaul the act to conform to UN conventions on peaceful assembly and protest.

The Sunflower Movement protests from March 18 to April 10 were in response to the passing of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, which movement organizers viewed as detrimental to Taiwan, without a clause-by-clause review.

Source: Amnesty International

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