The body of an executed Taiwanese convict is being sent to the New Taipei City Funeral Parlor, Dec. 21. (Photo/Pan Hsin-tung)
A civic group dedicated to protecting children's rights thanked Taiwan's government Saturday for hearing the voice of the people and carrying out the death sentences against six convicts.
Wang Wei-chun, a spokeswoman for Taiwan Children's Rights, expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Justice and the Presidential Office for Friday's executions of the six individuals, most of whom were on death row for brutally killing women and children.
On the harsh criticism Taiwan has received from the European Union and Amnesty International for the executions, Wang said they should mind their own business because the safety of Taiwan's people is not their responsibility.
Wang said the ministry carried out the execution in line with the law, adding that "whether Taiwan should abolish capital punishment will be decided by a majority of people and not by a few groups."
The group, together with other civic organizations, launched an online signature drive to call for the speedy execution of the prisoners on death row in Taiwan in the wake of the cold-blooded killing of a 10-year-old boy.
The boy had his throat slit in a bathroom at a video games arcade in Tainan on Dec. 1.
The main suspect, a 29-year-old man who had been unemployed for a long time, said he picked the victim at random with the intention of going to prison for life.
"Nowadays, killing one or two people in Taiwan won't get you a death sentence," the suspect reportedly said.
The Justice Ministry said Friday that polls show a majority of Taiwan's people as being against abolishing the death penalty.
A poll commissioned by the ministry and conducted in July by Master Survey & Research found that 76.7% of those polled did not approve scrapping the death penalty, and 85% said abolishing it would be detrimental to social order.
Some 81.6% of respondents backed a gradual decrease in capital punishment, the ministry said.