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Four European experts will participate in the 2016 EU-Taiwan Human Rights Exchange Programme starting on 29 February. The programme includes a seminar at the Legislative Yuan, a workshop with Taiwanese human rights NGOs, and public talks in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung. The programme aims to facilitate serious exchanges on the subject of human rights legislation and practices between the European experts and Taiwanese legislators as well as other legal professionals.
The members of the European delegation is led by Lord Purvis, a member of the UK House of Lords, and includes Gero Meinen, Director of Department of Correctional Services and Criminal Law, Ministry of Justice of the Federal State of Berlin, Professor Dirk Van Zyl Smit, Professor of Comparative and International Penal Law of Nottingham University, and Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowska, Legal Policy Officer, of the Directorate General of Justice, European Commission.
The delegation will contribute to the "2016 EU Taiwan Human Rights Legislative Seminar" organised by the Legislative Yuan Cross Party Human Rights Promotion Association. The experts will give presentations on the protection of victims' rights in Europe, possible alternative sentencing to the death penalty, rehabilitation and post sentence treatment of offenders, and Europe's experience in abolishing the death penalty. A video message recorded by Mr Robert Bandinter, former French Minister of Justice and Former President of the French Constitutional Council, specifically for the EU-Taiwan Programme will also be played during the seminar.
During their stay in Taiwan, the delegation will meet with members of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee, as well as other policy formulators. The delegation will then travel to Taichung to visit the Taichung Prison, and Kaohsiung to visit the Kaohsiung District Court. The delegation will also participate in three public talks to be held in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung.
The delegation of European experts was jointly invited by the British Office, the French Office in Taipei, German Institute in Taipei, the European Economic and Trade Office and other Taiwanese partners.
"The EU Taiwan Human Rights Exchange Programme is the result of close collaboration between Taiwan and Europe. It offers a valuable platform of exchange, and we hope that this event will contribute to keep Taiwan in tune with the international trend on the issues of human rights." Commented Madeleine Majorenko, the Head of the EETO.
For more information and to register to the events in the programme, please go to: http://goo.gl/forms/xzR9SDa6Tg