TAIWAN. CABINET MEMBER AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
April 25, 2008: Taiwanese premier Liu Chao-shiuan recently announced a list of names that will be part of the new Cabinet.
Wang Ching-feng, a woman known for her active involvement in social and political activities was named Minister of Justice. Wang has held a number of high government posts and is highly regarded for her ability and vision.
The justice minister-designate attracted more attention than most others included in Liu's lineup of Cabinet members by voicing her opinion on the death penalty.
In an interview she had with the Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper Wang said she personally disapproves of the death penalty. "Life should not be taken away (from a human being)," she said. "I respect life. The removal of one life cannot restore a lost life." (Sources: China Post, 25/04/2008)