At the 191st Executive Committee of Liberal International (LI), held from Oct. 17-19 in Antigua, Guatemala, the Committee passed a resolution calling for all Taiwan political leaders to respect judicial independence and the principle of the three separations of powers.
The resolution states:
“LI is alarmed at the recent revelations of widespread wiretapping, carried out under flimsy legal pretexts by the Special Investigation Division of the Supreme Prosecutors Office on parliamentarians in Taiwan, notably including the Speaker of Parliament, the Opposition Whip and the Parliament’s central switchboard.
“LI is deeply concerned at the implications of these developments for constitutional democracy in Taiwan. LI calls on all parties and leaders in Taiwan to:
“Respect judicial independence, and refrain from interfering in or releasing information about ongoing judicial investigations.
“Respect the principle of separation of powers, and in particular that the executive branch must not interfere with the proper functioning of the legislative branch.
“Undertake a comprehensive review of the laws and regulations governing the use of wiretapping, to ensure that it is only used in accordance with internationally-accepted democratic principle.”
The DPP is a member party of Liberal International, and representing Chair Su Tseng-chang at the meeting was Mr. Liu Shih-chung, director of the DPP’s Department of International Affairs. Mr. Liu delivered a report to LI’s Executive Committee on the recent political situation in Taiwan.
Liberal International is an organization of liberal and democratic parties around the world. For more information about Liberal International, please visit: http://www.liberal-international.org