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DPP returns to Taiwan with Keir Starmer QC MP

  • DPP in the Media
  • 12 Oct 2018

On 1st – 4th October 2018 Saul Lehrfreund (Co-Executive Director) and Sir Keir Starmer QC MP (Shadow Brexit Secretary and a member of DPP’s Board of Directors) visited Taiwan on a delegation to continue engagement on the issue of the death penalty.

Meetings were held with Taiwan’s Vice-President, the Minister of Justice, the Foreign Minister, legislators and senior members of the judiciary, among other individuals. The delegation was particularly timely given that the government has recently broken its moratorium on the use of the death penalty by executing Lee Hung-chi in August 2018.

Discussions focused on Taiwan’s international obligations, the death penalty in the global context, overcoming barriers to abolition and the need to return to a moratorium on executions.

The delegation was coordinated by the British Office in Taipei and continues dialogue begun in previous visits in October 2016 and June 2017.

Please see below a selection of collated media coverage from their visit (in English and Chinese):

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