The Taipei prison executed death row inmate Weng Jen-hsien on Wednesday after the Supreme Court convicted him of killing six people. Rights groups condemned the execution, stating the death penalty is a human rights violation and should be abolished.
Weng was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew, nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers after setting a fire to his home in 2016. Four others were injured.
This is the second execution of President Tsai Ing-wen’s term. Currently, there are 39 inmates on death row.
The Federation for Human Rights, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR) and Covenants Watch said they cast “serious doubts on Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s commitment to human rights.”