For Immediate Release
Washington DC – July 13, 2012
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U.S. Representatives Submit Report Calling For Medical Parole For Chen Shui-bian To Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
On July 12, U.S. Representatives Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and Dan Lungren (R-CA) submitted a report titled: “The Effects of Incarceration On the Mental and Physical Health of Former President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan” to the co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and James McGovern (D-MA).
Rep. Andrews is also submitting the full report for insertion into the Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives. (For text cover note. See Appendix 2)
The report was drafted by an American medical team of private citizens consisting of Joseph Lin, Ph.D., Ken Yoneda, M.D., and Charles Whitcomb, M.D., which traveled to Taiwan to visit President Chen in jail on June 11.
The medical team’s report concluded that: “Because it is not easily predictable how much CSB’s incarceration conditions need to improve to prevent further serious physical and mental damage such as adjustment disorder or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)…medical parole is the most appropriate effective treatment intervention.”
The team further recommended: “That former president Chen Shui-bian be released from confinement on medical parole based on the above assessments, conclusion and recommendations, and on compelling humanitarian grounds.”
Team leader Dr. Joe Lin, states: “We went to Taiwan as private neutral American citizens, concerned about reports on the medical condition of President Chen, and we came back convinced that the conditions of his confinement are utterly unacceptable having caused extreme mental stress and serious medical symptoms, some potentially life threatening. His mental state is particularly worrisome.”
Lin further emphasizes that: “as a beacon of human rights around the world, the United States should promptly intercede to help put an end to this humanitarian injustice.”
In their report, the doctors express the hope that “by presenting this report to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission a hearing will be convened, and at the same time the Commission will strongly urge President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan to grant medical parole to his predecessor on humanitarian grounds.”
FAPA President Mark Kao, Ph.D. states: “Not only Taiwanese Americans are outraged about the treatment of former president Chen, but it is clear that the deterioration in his physical and mental health is becoming disturbing to more and more members of Congress.”
Dr. Kao concludes: “Our bottom line is that in order to safeguard the welfare of the former president, prevent the deepening of social conflict in Taiwan, and preserve Taiwan’s status as a democratic, rights-respecting country, the Ma administration must act immediately to grant medical parole to president Chen.”
Recently, commenting on Chen’s continued incarceration, former co-chair of the Taiwan Caucus Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) declared during a Congressional hearing on March 28, 2012: “I think for an administration to come in and essentially jail the previous administration is a tragedy.” Chabot said that the charges against Chen was tantamount to a “criminalization of politics,” and compared Taiwan to a “banana republic.”
紐澤西州民主黨眾議員安德魯斯（Robert Andrews）議員及加州共和黨議員朗格倫（Dan Lungren）議員於七月十二日提出一份標題為「長期囚禁對台灣前總統陳水扁身心狀況的影響」的報告給國會「湯姆•蘭托斯人權委員會」的共同主席維州共和黨眾議員沃爾夫（Frank Wolf）議員及麻州民主黨議員麥高文（James McGovern）議員。（報告全文詳「附件一」）
該報告係由林文約博士、日裔的米田謙（Ken Yoneda，音譯）醫師及查爾斯•威康（Charles Whitcomb）醫師所組成的民間私人醫療團，於六月十一日赴台並於台北監獄中面會陳前總統後所草擬。
醫 療團領隊林博士表示：「我們幾位美國公民組成的私人醫療團，秉持著公正立場，此行訪台是因對陳前總統健康情形的擔憂。訪後我們更加肯定，他受監禁的環境導 致了他極度的心理壓力及嚴重的生理症狀，有些症狀甚至有致命的危險，而他的心理情形更是令人擔憂；這樣的環境是難以被接受的。」
Cover Note Submitting Report to Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
July 12, 2012
Dear Chairman Wolf and Chairman McGovern:
As advocates for human rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law around the world, we hereby submit to you the attached report which was delivered to our offices, “”The Effects of Incarceration On the Mental and Physical Health of Former President Chen Shui-Bian of Taiwan.”” The report was drafted by a medical team led by former professor, Joseph Lin, Ph.D., and professors of the University of California Davis Medical Center, Ken Yoneda, M.D., and Charles Whitcomb, M.D., who visited the former President in their capacity as private citizens.
As you will recall, a letter requesting the Tom Lantos Human Right Commission investigate the facts surrounding the nature of former President Chen Shui-Bian’s treatment while incarcerated was sent to the Commission in April of 2012 by Mr. Lungren. This report should be added to the discussion as the Commission reviews that request.
ROBERT ANDREWS DANIEL LUNGREN
MEMBER OF CONGRESS MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Cover Note from Rep. Robert Andrews when Inserting Report into Congressional Record
Mr. Speaker, as a strong supporter of Taiwan and a founding member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, I would like to bring to your attention an issue of concern to Taiwanese Americans and the people of Taiwan.
The former President of Taiwan, Mr. Chen Shui-Bian, is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence for corruption charges. He has been incarcerated for over 1,200 days thus far. Today, I am inserting into the Congressional Record a report drafted by a three-man medical team led by former professor, Joseph Lin, Ph.D., and professors of the University of California at Davis Medical Center, Ken Yoneda, M.D., and Charles Whitcomb, M.D., who visited Mr. Chen Shui-Bian in jail in Taiwan last month in their capacity as private citizens. The report is titled, “The Effects of Incarceration on the Mental and Physical Health of Former President Chen Shui-Bian of Taiwan.”
These medical professionals traveled to Taiwan in June 2012 to assess President Chen’s physical and mental condition, and to inquire into reports of inhumane living conditions and confinement. The physicians concluded that President Chen’s imprisonment conditions are contributing to President Chen’s health problems. In their recommendations the report concludes: “Former President Chen Shui-Bian [should] be released from confinement on medical parole based on the above assessments, conclusion and recommendations, and on compelling humanitarian grounds.”
I am entering this report into the Congressional Record and, in light of the conclusions, ask that the distinguished Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission investigate this important case at its earliest convenience.