Lord Purvis launches death penalty event in Taiwan

04 March 2016

Lord Purvis launches death penalty event in Taiwan

Lord Purvis represented the APPG in Taiwan in March 2016 to open a week of activity on human rights, focussing on the death penalty but also covering victim support and prison reform. The programme was organised by the British Office in Taiwan with strong support from the European Union. The event was attended by representatives of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who had recently been elected to form a new government. Taiwan has been active in using the death penalty, having executed 32 people since 2009 following a 3 year moratorium. The APPG has visited Taiwan on a number of occasions in the past and met with representatives of the DPP who have been positive about abolishing the death penalty. The DPP are urged to consider implementing a moratorium as part of their initial legislative programme.