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Taiwan is introducing hoods to make executions more "humane".


Taiwan is trying to make its executions more "humane" with new rules that allow the sentenced to hide (before being sedated and shot in the heart).

  • Those convicted in Taiwan are currently undercover and shot in the heart
  • You will also be given a strong sedative before being shot through the back
  • New rules allow them to hide to prevent them from seeing their executioner
  • They can also hold the last religious rituals and leave their families a farewell vote or a video message

Taiwan has released new ways of carrying out the death penalty – including preventing the convicts from seeing their executioner – but human rights defenders said today that the move was merely a barbaric practice.

The island has carried out 35 executions since a death penalty moratorium was lifted in 2010, most recently in April of a 53-year-old man convicted of murdering his parents.

In Taiwan, the death penalty is shot. According to media reports, the convicts are given a strong sedative before being facedown and shot in the heart through the back.

Taiwan will give those sentenced today the "humane" benefit of a hood so they don't have to see their executioner, human rights activists said today. In the picture: archive picture

"The death penalty is a brutal and inhuman method of punishment … it is absurd to discuss how it can be enforced in a more humane way," said Chiu E-ling, director of Amnesty International Taiwan.

Following the measures passed by the cabinet this week, the convicts must now be camouflaged during the trial.

They can also hold the last religious rituals and leave their families a farewell vote or a video message.

Executions are currently being carried out without notice once all appeals have been exhausted.

Local media said the new rules should make executions more "humane".

A file image of the death chamber on the walls in Huntsville, Texas, May 2000. According to media reports, convicts in Taiwan are first given a strong sedative before being placed face down and shot in the heart through the back

A file image of the death chamber on the walls in Huntsville, Texas, May 2000. According to media reports, convicts in Taiwan are first given a strong sedative before being placed face down and shot in the heart through the back

Lin Hsin-yi, executive director of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, urged the government of President Tsai Ing-wen to keep a promise to abolish the death penalty.

“There is no humane way to carry out the death penalty. It shouldn't be done anymore, ”she said.

Taiwan is one of the most advanced democracies in Asia, but has been criticized by the international community for enforcing the death sentence.

The island is divided on this issue, supported by the majority of the public, but right-wing groups and some political elites are calling for an end.

Taiwan resumed the death penalty in 2010 after a five-year hiatus and there are currently 39 prisoners on death row.

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