13 Nov 2008
I could not find any proof for the statements in this article. The questions are not included in the list of questions on the Dutch parliaments (Tweede Kammer der Staaten – General) homepage.
So always pay attention and try to check facts on your own.
People here are a bit slow, but now it is officially published:
2008Z06661 / 2080905020
Vragen van de leden Van Baalen (VVD) en Haverkamp (CDA) aan de minister van Buitenlandse Zaken over de arrestatie van oud-president Chen Shui-bian van Taiwan. (Ingezonden 13 november 2008)
Heeft u kennisgenomen van de berichten dat oud-president Chen Shui-bian en een aantal politici van de Democratische Progressieve Partij (DPP) op verdenking van ambtsmisbruik in Taipei zijn gearresteerd? 1)
Heeft u kennisgenomen van de open brief van een aantal Taiwanese en internationale rechtsgeleerden en burgerrechtenactivisten in de Taipei Times van 6 november 2008, waarin protest wordt aangetekend tegen politiek gemotiveerde arrestaties?
Bent u bereid de Kamer per brief nader te informeren over de kwestie Chen c.s.?
Bent u bereid, bij de huidige regering in Taiwan, aan te dringen op het toepassen van de beginselen van de democratische rechtsstaat bij het vervolgen van diegenen die worden verdacht van het plegen van ambtsmisdrijven?
1) Website De Telegraaf, 11 november 2008
Questions of the members of parliament van Baalen (Liberals) and Haverkamp (Christian Democrats) to the minister of foreign affairs about the detention of former president of Tawian Chen Shui-bian:
1. Are you aware of the detention of former president and a number of politicians of DPP under the suspicion of abuse of power in office?
2. Are you aware of an open letter by a number of Taiwanese and international legal experts and civil right activists published in the Taipei Times of 6. of November 2008 that is protesting against political motivated detentions?
3. Are you prepared to inform the chamber about further developments in the case Chen in written form?
4. Are you prepared to make pressure on the actual Government of Taiwan so that they follow the laws of a democratic constitutional state during their investigations against the persons that are under suspicion of abuse of power in office?
Taiwan is now on the watchlist. It might be that the European Parliament takes action too.
Mr. Ma: Big brother is watching you!
野草莓運動ㄧ野莓之聲 from freshfoliage on Vimeo.
Translation for the subtitles in the video: http://vimeo.com/2205674 (slide number)
(1) The Wild Strawberries Movement;
a group of students with different political views
joined together without prior planning
fighting for a common cause…
(2) we hope to serve as a reminding voice
that the current administration should protect
the invaluable yet often fragile peace and human rights
(3) The Voice of the Wild Strawberries
music & lyrics/ nelleven video/freshfoliage
(4) on November 5th, we saw reluctant overworked police during the Grand Formosa Regent Hotel and Sunrise Records incidents
(5) but we also witnessed inappropriate and excessive law enforcement tactics…
(6) on November 6th, we sat peacefully outside of the Executive Yuan building
hoping to show bipartisanship
(7) by wearing all black
we simply hoped for peace
(8) we recognize the difficulty in maintaining public safety but also deeply care for the welfare of our fellow citizens
so we hope to challenge the constitutionality of some of our laws
(9) and appeal to the President and related officials to take responsibility
(10) we hope to use our strength
(11) and let our voices be heard
(12) I was not wrapped in cotton wool
(13) so please save the insincere compassion
(14) I could never understand your hypocrisy
(15) and will always remain true to myself
(16) we have dreams and ideals
(17) we have a few things to say
(18) after you have betrayed yourselves
(19) please do not also sell us out
(20) we have dreams and ideals
(21) we have a few things to say
(22) as you broke all your promises
(23) we chose to rise and join this sit-in
(24) silence does not represent acquiescence
(25) nor does peace indicate acceptance
(26) your arrogance has once again burned us
(27) and this time we will no longer remain silent
(28) we have dreams and ideals
(29) we have a few things to say
(30) after you have betrayed yourselves
(31) please do not also sell us out
(32) we have dreams and ideals
(33) we have a few things to say
(34) as you broke all your promises
(35) we chose to rise and join this sit-in
(36) (protest against police brutality, protect our liberty and human rights)
(37) we are not leaving Liberty Square
with the modest hope that our voices will be heard
(38) please visit our website and check out our statement
(39) if you agree with us
please come and sit with us peacefully
(40) The Wild Strawberries Movement
I have opened my eyes
and have withstood the aches of awakening
I opened up my arms to feel the breeze coming from all directions
and shook off the stinging pains of your control
I was not wrapped in cotton wool
so please save the insincere compassion
I could never understand your hypocrisy
and will always remain true to myself
* we have dreams and ideals
we have a few things to say
after you have betrayed yourselves
please do not also sell us out
we have dreams and ideals
we have a few things to say
as you broke all your promises
we chose to rise and join this sit-in*
silence does not represent acquiescence
nor does peace indicate acceptance
your arrogance has once again burned us
and this time we will no longer remain silent