台灣基督長老教會對馬政府的呼籲

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AN APPEAL BY PCT TO THE GLOBAL CHURCH FAMILY FOR PRAYERS CONCERNING THE ABUSE OF JUSTICE AND VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN TAIWAN

AN APPEAL BY PCT TO THE GLOBAL CHURCH FAMILY FOR PRAYERS CONCERNING THE ABUSE OF JUSTICE AND VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN TAIWAN
台灣基督長老教會對馬政府的呼籲
 

台灣因為馬英九政權執意邀請中華人民共和國海峽交流基金會會長陳雲林來台,並簽署未經台灣人民同意、喪權辱國的四項協議,並以戒嚴手段對付人民。台灣基督長老教會特發表聲明,呼籲馬政府「維護人權」、「顧守主權」、「慎用政權」。

一、 維護人權

人權乃是上帝所賜,掌權者不得任意剝奪,「統治者不是要使行善的人懼怕,而是要使作惡的人懼怕。」(羅馬書13章3節)陳雲林來台期間,台灣陷於戒嚴狀態,連行走、聽音樂,都被揣摩馬英九與中國心意的警察暴力侵犯,台灣人民表達心聲的自由更被全面鎮壓。
我教會強烈要求徹底查辦陷人民於恐慌、暴力之下的相關警政國安單位,負責人應下台究責,主政者並應深自懺悔向全國人民道歉。

二、 顧守主權

台灣是主權獨立的國家,絕對不是中國的一個區,台灣的主權是屬於全體台灣人民,我們堅決反對馬政府以擱置主權為前提與中國謀和,以致落入中國蠶食台灣之陷阱,並遂馬英九終極統一之目的。
台灣基督長老教會本於敬畏上帝持守真理的信仰精神,呼籲馬英九政權應忠於來自台灣兩千三百萬人民的託付,顧守台灣獨立自主的國格。

三、 慎用政權

現 代化的民主國家為求人民之最大福祉,當有成熟的政黨政治,及獨立於政治力之外的司法制度,來維護人權、顧守國家主權。但是在台灣,我們卻非常明顯地看出中 國國民黨與大中國意識在宰制司法體系,例如前總統陳水扁先生、雲林縣長蘇治芬等人受到檢調單位選擇性辦案、先押後找證據,或是隨媒體爆料起舞,在在顯出濫 用政權的跡象。
台灣基督長老教會一再強烈要求:司法單位獨立辦案、偵查不公開、不應有政治立場之考量,以維護民主政治之價值。

雖 然國家前途艱辛,馬政權一意孤行傾中賣台,但我們確信上帝是審判與拯救歷史的主宰,必定在今日台灣所面對的危機與困境中,親自帶領祂的子民走在仁愛與公義 的道路上。「世人哪,上主已指示你何為善。祂向你所要的是什麼?只要你行公義、好憐憫、存謙卑的心,與你的上帝同行。」(彌迦書六章八節)

台灣基督長老教會總會

議 長 阿星‧阿曼
總幹事 張德謙

主後2008年11月13日

11 November 2008
 
AN APPEAL BY PCT TO THE GLOBAL CHURCH FAMILY FOR PRAYERS CONCERNING THE ABUSE OF JUSTICE AND VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN TAIWAN

On behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) and out of unyielding concern for the dignity and selfhood of the 23 million people of our nation, as well as for peace in the Asia region, we sincerely appeal to you our sisters and brothers in Christ to join us in expressing concern and offering prayers for Taiwan.

Ever since the Legislative Elections of January 2008 when the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang KMT) garnered the overwhelming majority of seats and later the KMT candidate, Ma Ying-Jeou, won the Presidential Election on 20 May 2008, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT), along with many others in our land, have held deep concerns and reservations for the future of democracy and human rights in our country Taiwan.

Sadly, the performance of President Ma and his KMT administration the past six months has time and again underscored our fears. We in particular express our grave concern for recent events:

1) the detentions of both present and former government officials of the opposition party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accused of corruption. We understand one or two detainees have been charged but several accused are still held without being charged and incommunicado, this is a basic violation of due process of justice and rule of law. Furthermore, we are concerned the prosecutor’s office is seemingly leaking information to the press while the accused are unable to defend themselves. This "trial by press" also violates justice and the norm that any accused should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Since only members of the DPP opposition party are targeted this action implies the KMT is “using” the justice system to retaliate the former government under Chen’s administration.

2) the visit to Taiwan (3-7 Nov 2008) of Mr. Chen Yun-Lin, Chairman of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) from China; and the signing of the four cross-strait accords between the ARATS chairman Chen and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) represented by its Chairman, Chiang Pin-Kung. This action to develop direct aviation, shipping, market trade and economic relations with China accelerated fears that the methods used by the Ma Administration are costly in terms of the legal process, Taiwan’s dignity and sovereignty as well as being a real threat to democracy in Taiwan.

3) the violation of human rights, freedom of speech and expression, undergirded by the government’s action to deploy more than 10,000 police including riot police officers, to Taipei city to “guard” the visiting dignitary Chen and the sixty people who accompanied him. These measures to “guard and protect” the visiting envoy from China were excessive and disturbingly reminiscent of the dark years under Martial Law.

With this letter we add a brief overview of some of the events of last week that hopefully will help you further understand the reason for our concerns.

On behalf of the PCT and Taiwan, thank you for your support and we ask that you kindly share this prayer request with your church members.

Sincerely yours, in grace and peace
Rev. Chang Te-Chien (Andrew)
General Secretary


Taiwan 3-7 Nov 2008 during the visit of Mr. Chen Yun-Lin, Chairman of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) from China and the signing of the four cross-strait accords between the ARATS chairman Chen and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) represented by its Chairman, Chiang Pin-Kung.
 
We cannot highlight fully the details here but draw your attention to some pointers that will hopefully, help clarify to you our deep concerns. Contrary to the claims of President Ma that he represents the views and interests of all the 23 million people of this country thousands of protestors gathered in Taipei daily to express their deep concern and opposition to the visit of ARATS, the legal process of signing the so called four cross-strait accords and the deployment of thousands of police.

Police prohibited protestors from waving or displaying the national flag and one CD shop was closed for playing Taiwanese music too loud in the vicinity of a hotel where Chen was dined. On the other hand, ironically those wielding the flag of communist China were not approached.

In a blatant attempt to avoid a scheduled protest by the DPP on Thursday 6 Nov. originally arranged to coincide with an afternoon meeting between President Ma and chairman Chen, the governm

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