In a statement issued following the executions, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said she deeply regretted the execution and urged Taiwan “not to undertake further executions.”Who is Catherine Ashton? Readers may recall that it was Ashton who put forth a new policy document arguing that the time had come for the EU to sell weapons to China.
Saying the EU had been encouraged by Taiwan’s de facto moratorium on executions that had been in place from late 2005 until last year, Ashton called on Taiwan to “put in place an immediate de facto moratorium on executions, pending legal abolition.”
The executions came less than a year after the ministry resumed the implementation of capital punishment in April last year.
Following the resumption of capital punishment, Taiwan is now once again “one of the very few industrial democracies to implement capital punishment,” Ashton said, adding that the EU considers the abolishing the death penalty a contribution toward the enhancing of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights.
“It’s the EU’s view that the death penalty does not serve as an effective deterrent, and that any miscarriage of justice, which is inevitable in any legal system, would be irreversible,” Ashton said in the statement.
Yes, Ashton's position is that it is wrong for Taiwan to execute five of its citizens convicted of crimes by due process of law, but it is ok to sell China weapons that it will use to maim and kill innocent civilians in the countries that it may go to war with, and to preserve and extend its murderous authoritarian rule at home and abroad.
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UPDATE 2: FOARP observes:
It should also be said: when making the statement condemning the death penalty Ashton was speaking for the entire EU in her official capacity. The proposal to lift the ban on arms sales, on the other hand, was her own._______________________
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