Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Disciplinary punishment in Taiwan

Readers will recall that Taiwan enacted legislation last year that ended courts-martial. Now the Legislative Yuan has turned its attention to the conditions under which military personnel are put in disciplinary confinement for minor military offenses. This article from the China Post explains that personnel who violate military regulations will face a fine, grounding, or demotion among other punishments instead of being put in the brig. Those who are put into military confinement rooms will attend lectures on obeying military discipline and receive counseling services. Of note, they will still have to perform physical training. That could be a problem because the immediate cause of last year's military justice reform legislation was the exhaustion death of an enlisted man in disciplinary confinement. 

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