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Call for Immediate Medical Parole for Former President Chen
On the Principle of Basic Human Rights for Medical Treatments

Former President of Taiwan, Chen Shui-Bian, has been jailed for over four years since he was first placed under custody without an indictment while government was building its cases. Currently, he is serving a 19-year sentence in Taipei Prison, convicted with questionable court proceedings (procedures?). In the last two years, he has developed various symptoms, such as chest pain, respiratory distress, stomachache, numbness, tingling and chills, cold limbs, as well as clammy skin. Under pressure, the prison authority finally sent him to Tao-Yuan General Hospital twice for a series of checkups. Most recently, he was sent to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, a medical center, for more detailed examinations even though the prison authority limited the examinations to only six hours. It is found, without doubt, that President Chen is suffering from various illnesses, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), duodenitis over the anterior wall of the duodenum, rectal erosion, coronary artery disease, atelectasis in his left lung, hemorrhage, blood clots in his seminal vesicles, prostatitis, hyperlipidemia , as well as mental conditions caused by anxiety and depression.

Why did former President Chen develop so many physical and mental symptoms in such a short time? The answer is self-evident if we put his career and his current imprisonment in perspective. President Chen has devoted to public service since he gave up his lucrative law firm and joined the legal team for the wrongly accused defendants of the Formosa Incident in 1980. From that point on, he has been elected as a Taipei City councilor, a legislator, Mayor of Taipei City, and President of Taiwan for two terms over eight years. For over thirty years, he has devoted his whole life to promoting democracy, social justice, and human rights of Taiwan. However, ever since he stepped down from his presidency in 2008, he has been incarcerated and subject to endless lawsuits and smearing campaigns brought by the current Nationalist government.

With his strong character, his current imprisonment has contributed immensely to the deterioration of his physical and mental states. For example, through endoscopy, we discovered that he has been suffering from GERD and there is ulcer caused by the gastric acid in his the lower esophageal sphincter, which is unable to hold the top of the stomach closed. His GERD is directly caused by his imprisonment condition. Because his jail cell, shared by one other inmate, is only 60 square feet, a size too small to have a bed, a desk, and a chair, he is forced to write on the ground with his stomach pressing against the concrete floor. The build-up of his stomach pressure has contributed to his GERD and renders medication ineffective. The doctors advised President Chen to stop writing articles in order to relieve his GERD symptoms. However, President Chen responded by saying “I am trapped in this small cell for nearly twenty-four hours a day. If I don’t try to write something, I will go crazy.” His strong character allows him to find a way to maintain his sanity and mental integrity even under the most dire situation. However, it is most regretful that the prison authority continues these cruel and unusual imprisonment conditions and treatments against him despite being informed by the doctors about their detrimental effects on his physical and mental states.

As another example, other inmates are allowed to leave their cells and work in prison factories eight hours a day. However, the prison authority denies President Chen this basic right citing safety reasons. Each day, he is only allowed to leave his cell for thirty minutes for outdoor exercise. Essentially, he is trapped in this unbelievably small cell nearly twenty-four hours a day. In other words, he has been subject to solitary confinement punishment for the last four years, leading to his current severely traumatized physical and mental states.

Even convicted inmates should not be denied their basic human rights according to international human rights principles. President Chen, with his various and serious illnesses, must receive necessary medical treatments in a proper medical facility away from the disease causing environment of the prison without delay.

Based on the principle of basic human rights for medical treatments, we call for immediate medical parole for President Chen.

Lead Petitioners (no specific order)

Wen-Je Ko, MD, Senior Staff, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Department of Surgery; Chairman, Department of Traumatology, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Cheng-Deng Kuo, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator and Director, Division of Medical Research, Department of Medical Research and Education, Taipei Veterans General Hospital; and Professor, Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Chang-Feng Kuo, MD, Vice Superintendent, Taipei Hospital, Department of Health, Taipei, Taiwan

Chiao-Chicy Chen, MD, PhD, Professor and Staff Psychiatrist, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Janice Chen, Pharmacist, Former Chairperson of Taiwan Society North, Taiwan

Yeh-Shen Chang, MD, Family Physician, Former Chairperson of Taiwan Society Hakka, Taiwan

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( Note:It was thanks to Prof. Jay Tu to tranlate this article into English. - Taiwan eNews)
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Based on the principle of basic human rights for medical treatments, we call for immediate medical parole for President Chen.

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