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Executive Yuan approves draft amendment for new board to continue transitional justice work

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The Executive Yuan on Thursday passed a draft amendment for Articles 11-1 and 11-2 of the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice to prepare for the expected dissolution of the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) after it completes its mission and presents a final report in May. The draft amendment will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for deliberation.

Under the proposed amendment, the Executive Yuan will set up a board committee to promote transitional justice, headed by the premier. Once the TJC has dissolved, relevant ministries and agencies will continue handling matters of transitional justice through the board through a seamless transition process. The Executive Yuan also plans to set up a department of human rights and transitional justice to continue the promotion of national policies addressing human rights and transitional justice.

Premier Su Tseng-chang said transitional justice is essential and necessary for promoting social unity, and is the pathway Taiwan must follow for a stronger democracy. Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office, the administration has sincerely and diligently pursued transitional justice by enacting laws, establishing the TJC, acquiring political archival records, redressing judicial wrongs, restoring historical truth, and expediting the restoration of rights for victims and their families.

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