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China Issues Judicial Guidelines On Punishing 'Taiwan Diehard Separatists'


Sun 23 Jun 2024 | 04:38 PM
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Ahmed Emam

Chinese authorities have issued guidelines for imposing criminal punishments on diehard "Taiwan independence" separatists. The guidelines allow for the death penalty and a trial in absentia, and will take effect soon. They are based on the Anti-Secession Law, the Criminal Law, and the Criminal Procedure Law, and provide specific rules for conviction and sentencing of those involved in separatist activities. The guidelines also outline harsher punishment for those colluding with foreign entities in committing such crimes.

According to the guidelines, individuals involved in "Taiwan independence" activities may face the death penalty if their actions cause serious harm to the state and the people. However, those who voluntarily renounce their separatist stance and take measures to mitigate the harm may have their cases dismissed or be exempted from prosecution. The guidelines emphasize the importance of due process and the litigation rights of the suspects or defendants.

The guidelines also highlight the use of criminal justice measures to punish those who conduct secession and safeguard the state's core interests. 

On the other hand, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council noted that these measures are aimed at a small number of diehard individuals and do not target the majority of Taiwan compatriots. The spokesperson emphasized the importance of severely punishing acts of secession to ensure peaceful development and stability across the Taiwan Strait.