St Lucia government urged to advocate medical parole for former Taiwan president

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St Lucia government urged to advocate medical parole for former Taiwan president
Ex-President Chen Shui-Bian
Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-Bian

CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has called on the government of Saint Lucia to set politics aside by impressing upon Taiwan the urgent need to offer medical parole to ailing former President Chen Shui-Bian.

According to the LPM, the preservation of human rights in a democracy, including the insistence that no human being should ever be subjected to inhumane conditions or imprisonment, or cruel and unusual punishment by governments, is greatly cherished by the citizens of Saint Lucia.

Therefore, the leader of the LPM, Therold Prudent, has called upon the government to ensure that its diplomatic partner Taiwan is made fully aware of the country’s values.

Speaking on the issue of Taiwan’s imprisonment of its former president Chen Shui-Bian, whose physical and mental health has deteriorated significantly as the result of inhumane treatment and the denial of proper medical care in prison, Prudent said, “Just because small and struggling economies like ours depend on Taiwan for foreign aid does not mean that Saint Lucia’s foreign policy should be relegated to one of silence.”

He added, “Taiwan is in need of Saint Lucia’s friendship, which affords it the international relevance and recognition it seeks to be a valuable member in a number of world organizations, including the United Nations, just as Saint Lucia needs Taiwan’s assistance in cushioning the effects of a battered economy. Any reluctance on the part of the government of Saint Lucia to raise the issue of human rights with the government of Taiwan would signal that our engagement in big dollar diplomacy, which has formed the basis of our foreign policy, condones despicable human rights abuses by foreign governments, which certainly would not be tolerated in our homeland.”

The LPM leader also noted that his political organization remains very supportive of the relationship between Saint Lucia and Taiwan and has gone further than most foreign political organizations openly to support the aspirations of millions of Taiwanese who one day hope to enjoy the same rights and international recognition that was eventually afforded to the people of Saint Lucia in 1979.

However, the LPM is not blind to the fact that Taiwan’s understanding of democracy is still evolving after years of repression by the Nationalist Party (KMT) under Chiang Kai-Shek, which today is the ruling party led by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou.

Therefore, given the history of the degrading and dehumanizing treatment of political opponents in Taiwan and the lack of forgiveness and compassion shown by its government, even in cases of medical necessity, the LPM has urged the government of Saint Lucia to set politics aside by impressing upon President Ma the urgent need to offer medical parole to ailing former President Chen Shui-Bian.

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  1. Common Therold, this one makes no sense. Why the hell do we have to get involved in the people's judicial issues. I'm not hearing you saying anything about the blood baths and the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

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    • To ask Prudent to speak out on Syria is ridiculous. Last I heard St Lucia had no diplomatic relations with Syria. Explain to us how this would affect any outcome.

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  2. Mr. Prudent, I understand your need to make your party and yourself appear relevant by remaining visible in the news, however, I think we have more than our fair persons in St. Lucia who are being made to live in, and are being treated to inhumane conditions whether free or imprisoned. Would it not be even more relevant, not to mention beneficial, for you to address the issues at the prisons, the Boys' Training Center, the subpar educational institutions (primary and secondary schools), and you can easily add to this list? Come on man, we take care of St. Lucians first. You are after all, the LUCIAN PEOPLE's movement right? Then advocate for LUCIAN PEOPLE then.

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    • To say that Mr. Prudent is not advocating on behalf of the people St Lucians is misleading. I have never met the gentleman but I find the level of his discusions to be not only enlightening but promising for St Lucia's future.

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      • He may have had talks with you but he has never enlightened st. lucians about his advocacy for and locals. I (and I am talking for myself), have not heard it.

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        • Crow if you have nothing better to say just shut up!!! Choops!The man don't have to be in your party to admit that he is more intelligent and perhaps more on point than most politicians in the country. Take off that red mask that's making you bias.

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          • What red are you talking about? I simply said that I have never heard the man advocating for st. lucians. Where is the red in this? Now, who is being bias!

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  3. I disgree. I read somewhere where a number of polticians on the governemnt side have ask for the man to be released. The man is a shell of his former self. I also read that he did not receive due process in court. Prudent is not the only one asking for his release on humanitarian grounds a lot of people around the world are too. Murders and child molestors does get a break why can't this sick man????

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  4. This is pure "bunk". Why was the former leader imprisoned? For fraud, money laundering, and corruption! Let him pay for his CRIME. If it were me (a little man), who was arrested and is sick, you, Mr. Prudent would never ask for my release! What this amounts to is "politicians agitating for politicians."

    By the way, the same money they were using to br__e our ministers, he (the former president) was stealing from also. The man is a DAMN criminal . . . Let him serve his time.

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