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Taiwan: Justices urged to keep forced treatment of molesters [Updated 12/31]

[taipeitimes.com – 12/31/20]

Victims’ rights groups and lawmakers yesterday urged the Council of Grand Justices to uphold the involuntary psychiatric treatment of sex offenders as the council is to hand down a ruling on the practice today.

Should the council rule against involuntary treatment, the government would have to set free 68 sex offenders — 57 at the Pei Teh Hospital and 11 at the Tsaotun Pschyatric Center — Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Sandy Yeh (葉毓蘭) told a news conference in Taipei.

Sex offenders have a high recidivism rate and releasing them into society infringes on the public’s right to freedom from fear, she said.

Whatever the council’s decision, the Ministry of Health and Welfare is advised to devise policies in its management of sex offenders that would protect the rights of the public and crime victims, she said.

The ministry should consider using contact tracing technology that is being used during the COVID-19 pandemic in its management of convicts committed to its psychiatric facilities, she added.

KMT Legislator Yang Chiung-ying (楊瓊瓔) said that Taiwan did not invent the involuntary treatment of sex offenders, adding that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the practice did not contravene the International Bill of Human Rights.

The personal freedoms of convicted sex offenders should not be protected at the expense of the victims and the rights of the public,” she said.

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Related links:

Sex offender post-sentence [civil commitment] mandatory therapy ‘mostly constitutional‘: court [focustaiwan.tw – 12/31/20]

 

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  1. Roger H

    Wow, the US has infected the rest of the world with it’s lies and stereotypes about registrants and sex offenses.

  2. Jack

    Leave it to the Chinese nationalists, enemies of democracy to twist FDR’s rhetoric. Well, thank goodness they’re in the minority this time.

    • Karen

      The registry was started in western nations though, particularly in the United States, in Los Angeles, in the 1930’s through 1940’s. If anything, the sex and media hysteria was started in our newly forming third-world country that only pretends to have a Constitution.

  3. TS

    Know there is enough to fight stateside on this topic, but just reading the article stirs the thinking the Taiwan consulates in Denver and WDC be contacted and provided the latest information about the reality of things with the information we discuss here about receidivism. (CA consulate is closed according to online)

    Of course, if they repeat the USG’s incorrect mantra, then that makes them eligible for US funds in time when the American person needs it, right?

    • TS

      Given Taiwan is under the watchful protection of the USG, we should not be surprised by this since they are receiving monies from Congress, much like other countries, who must fall in line with this mantra to receive their monies in the form of USAid, DoD FMS, etc.

  4. Brandon

    Once China gains control over Taiwan they won’t have to worry about freedom. Don’t fall into the trap because the United States is full of crap!!

  5. Saddles

    Ok people here it is the eve of starting a New Year and it seems everyone on here has been “Going Japanese” a bit since Christmas in all this registry understanding. Now its forced treatment and this high recidivism rate to add to this equation. Guess to many people are putting something in their bong if they still smoke that is.

    Much of this registry is corruption at its best. One couldn’t even prevented the sinking of the Titanic and now they want to force treatment on people in Taiwan next they will try to give one sodium penethaol. Should Governments look at their own actions to balance their own downfall.

    Talk about divisions of the twisted & deranged. Guess governments are trying to change spots of leapords today in one’s great mind fall.

  6. q

    “Victim’s rights” is just double talk for “more prosecutorial involvement”.

    Aren’t they supposed to uphold their oaths? Oh wait…that’s why they keep pushing the victim narrative! So they can always get away with convicting people!

  7. Worried in Wisconsin

    A right to be free from fear?

  8. Brandon

    I’m sorry but “the right to be free from fear.” cracked me up. Can we send Taiwan millions of bubbles to protect the citizens from fear? After all those bubbles would protect them from all harm both seen and invisible.

    #bubblestoTaiwan

  9. Worried in Wisconsin

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought the ‘free from fear’ thing was odd.

    My suspicion is that the vast majority in the US also think that they have a right to be free from fear, and that this drives a lot of the desire for registries.

    If you are trying to balance the rights of a person who was convicted of a crime against a person believing in a fictional right to be free from fear, all bets are off. If people think that it’s the government’s job to keep citizens free from fear then we’re going down the rabbit hole.

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