President Tsai Ing-wen attended a government ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the 228 Incident on Feb. 28. She announced the imminent release of an important research report on 228 facts and transitional justice, and made three promises about future transitional justice work.
The government marked the 73rd anniversary of the 228 Incident on Feb. 28 with a memorial ceremony. President Tsai Ing-wen, Premier Su Cheng-tsang, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, and Legislative Speaker Yu Shyi-kun all attended. The public was not allowed to attend as a coronavirus disease 2019 prevention measure, and only family members and representatives of victims were invited. Liao Ying-hao, the grandson of victim Lin Lien-tsung, gave a speech and said he hopes the government's efforts to promote transitional justice won't peter out. He also demanded the immediate demolition of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
If there are victims, then there is an offender. Everyone knows where the offender is, over there (Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall). Its continued existence is like a knife stuck in the heart of every 228 victim. I hope President Tsai and the legislature can help us out.
Tsai personally conferred certificates of restored reputation to the family members and representatives of victims. She also announced the imminent release of a report on 228 facts and transitional justice that took two years to compile. The last important report was issued 14 years ago. Tsai also made three pledges regarding future transitional justice work, which were opening archives, requiring the National Security Bureau to complete the declassification of files within a month's time, and continuing to promote human rights education.
We have already declassified and transferred part of the National Archives Administration's archives, including files on the Lin family murder case and the Chen Wen-chen murder case. We need to open up to the greatest extent and minimize restrictions to allow society to read them and put them to use. I have also requested the National Security Bureau to complete the declassification work within one month's time unless files are presently being used in transitional justice investigations, are political files selected for solicitation, or are one of the few files that can't be declassified in accordance with law.
Tsai said the purpose of the establishment of the Transitional Justice Commission was to unearth historical facts, and it will continue to carry out this mission. This year is the 40th anniversary of the Lin family murder case, and Tsai said the actions of past authoritarian governments can't be repeated and freedom and democracy need to be upheld and cherished.