2014: An Affirmation and Appeal

The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

 Wir haben von unserer Partnerkriche, der Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) folgende Dokumente erhalten (Englisch und Taiwanesisch):

1.  An Affirmation and Appeal concerning the Students Public Demonstartion against the illegal adoption of the Service and Trade Pact with China

2. Press Release:  Condemn the State Violence - Persue Justice and Peace


 

 

An Affirmation and Appeal
concerning the Students Public Demonstration against
the illegal adoption of the Service and Trade Pact with China

The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) affirms the non-violent action of many students who based on their conscience, occupied the Legislative Yuan on the evening of 18 March 2014. Their motivation is to demonstrate their love for Taiwan and protect Taiwan’s democracy against the government’s lack of transparency; this student movement is symbolically known as the “Black Box” in Taiwan.


At the same time, the PCT affirms the support of countless students, civil organizations and political parties from across the island which also joined in this protracted struggle. These initiatives created a momentous opportunity for Taiwan’s democratization, heightened the concern for Taiwan’s public affairs, and prevented using the economy and commerce to threaten Taiwan’s independence and sovereignty.

At the instruction of President Ma Ying-Jeou, the ruling party (KMT Kuo-min-tang) Legislator, Chang Ching-Chung, co-convenor of the legislature’s Internal Administrative Committee (IAC), announced without discussion that the Pact had passed the IAC review and would be sent to the legislative floor for consideration. After the announcement, he adjourned the IAC catching the legislators by surprise. Chang’s actions are in serious violation of due process and represent the habitual bullying tactic of using majority rule to ram through measures that favor the ruling party and its business interests. Dismissing the inalienable right and privilege of the people of Taiwan, these actions are reminiscent of the dictatorship era and threaten to destroy the democratization that took years to construct.

The PCT’s deep concern for Taiwan’s future is rooted in its faith. On August 16, 1977, it issued “The PCT Statement on Human Rights” stressing that Taiwan must be a new independent nation and that this future must be based on a national plebiscite. This position is also based on the PCT Confession of Faith which states that “the church is called through love and suffering to become a sign of hope”. Many of PCT leaders and members participate in these demonstrations and activities to witness to their faith and to protect and preserve our country—Taiwan.

Our church, therefore:
1. Affirm the students to continue their non-violent public demonstration requesting the Ma Ying-Jeou administration to rescind the trade and service pact in respect of Taiwan’s democratic rule.

2. Appeals to all the PCT leaders and members to take concrete action to participate in activities that protect and preserve Taiwan’s democracy; and to continue to pray fervently for all the young students, civil organizations and the general public involved in the demonstrations.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2 [RSV]

Rev. HSU Rong-Feng Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong
PCT Moderator 58th General Assembly PCT General Secretary

English translation based on the Chinese Original Issued on 22 March 2014 by the General Assembly Executive Committee of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.
Contact: 3, Lane 269, Roosevelt Rd. Sec. 3, Taipei 10647 TAIWAN
PCT General Secretary < gs@mail.pct.org.tw > Tel: + (886) 2-2362-5282

Taiwannesische Version hier als pdf



PRESS RELEASE
Condemn the State Violence - Pursue Justice and Peace

After Jiang Yi-Huah and Ma Ying-Jeou failed to respond to the demands of the “318 Student Movement” some of the students and activists stormed into the Executive Yuan to express their determination to continue their effort against the “black box” Services and Trade Agreement with China. Probably angered by the actions of the students and activists, Jiang ordered the forced eviction of the protesters from inside the Executive Yuan and its surrounding complex. During the operation, the riot police used excessive force and violence against unarmed student protesters and activists.

We vigorously denounce the state violence of Ma’s government:
1. Students peacefully crossed the chevaux-de-frise and passed the police line to enter the building of the Executive Yuan without causing severe damage. They acted on the principles of love and non-violence, and organized a “sit-in” as their means of protesting.
2. The riot police employed unprecedented brutal ways to evict the protesting students. They beat the heads of the protesters with shields, sticks and dragged them away by force. The treatments to the protesters were beyond the normal standard of procedure in dealing with peaceful protest. What the police did is “state violence.”
3. Jiang Yi-Huah and Ma Ying-Jeou should take full responsibility for the actions of the police that night. Disregarding the people’s voice and imitating the model of Chinese dictatorship, they acted brutally against the “sit-in” protesters in order to terrify the participants of this student movement and the public. Their ways of handling the student movement is a breach of democratic principles and human rights which has alienated the government from the people.

Besides condemning the state violence of Mr. Ma and Mr. Jiang, we pray that justice and peace will be fulfilled in Taiwan based on the principles of love and non-violence. We demand that Mr. Ma and Mr. Jiang should come forward to apologize for damage they caused to our democratic system and the state violence they employed against people. Furthermore, we demand that the Services and Trade Agreement with China should be withdrawn and the democratic system should be upheld.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those persecuted for the righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:9-10)

Press Release Issued on 24 March 2014 by:
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT)

Rev. Hsu Rong-Feng Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong
Moderator 58th General Assembly PCT General Secretary


Contact information: 3, Lane 269, Roosevelt Rd. Sec. 3, Taipei 10647 TAIWAN
PCT General Secretary < gs@mail.pct.org.tw > Tel: + (886) 2-2362-5282

(58GAPCT English translation of the Chinese original which governs)

Taiwanesische Version als pdf hier






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