台灣基督徒支持暫緩並廢除死刑之連署聲明文/Call for a Moratorium on Executions and Abolition of the Death Penalty in Taiwan
Call for a Moratorium on Executions and Abolition of the Death Penalty~A Joint Open Letter from the Christians of Taiwan
(English Version is below)
Call for a Moratorium on Executions and Abolition of the Death Penalty
A Joint Open Letter from the Christians of Taiwan
Given that the former Minister of Justice, Wang Ching-feng has been forced from office following her advocacy of the abolition of the death penalty and her public announcement that while in office she would not permit its use, and taking into account media reports of this event and lively discussion on the internet, we feel deeply moved and desire to express an open appeal:
We feel deeply grieved that there are people among us who use violence to put others to death and express our fullest condolences and sympathy to the relatives of the victims of that violence. We pray the loving and merciful Lord to comfort them and lead them through the dark valley of grief back to a normal and healthy life [to that peace which only He can give]. We call on the government to adopt proactive and effective measures to prevent crime, whilst amending the law so as to give the relatives of victims of violence the support and aid they need.
We hold that criminals should receive an appropriate punishment and re-education as a warning to others, but the death penalty is an exceptional form of punishment that admits of no reverse. No human law or judgement is free from error; mistaken judgements and wrongful imprisonment are not unheard of. Moreover, the death penalty is already seen by the international human rights community as a cruel and inhumane form of punishment. Furthermore, as Christians we value life and so earnestly appeal for the government to enact an immediate moratorium on executions and to speedily put in place the laws and regulations allowing for the total abolition of the death penalty.
On this [eve of] (day when we recall) the crucifixion of Christ, we call on all Christian communities in Taiwan to unite in our respect for life and opposition to the death penalty, as an act of remembrance for Our Lord Jesus [Christ] who suffered and was condemned to death. We also call on the people of Taiwan to mobilise the forces of religious zeal and put an end to the call for vengeance represented by the death penalty. May harmony and compassion fill the hearts of all our people. May crimes which once called for the death penalty diminish, and may Taiwan became a country in which life is respected and human rights honoured, a land full of love and forgiveness.
April 2, 2010
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