Hsieh Calls for Constitutional Interpretation on Nuke Four

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Premier Frank Hsieh ([...]) yesterday relayed via his party caucus a proposal for a Grand Justice interpretation concerning whether operation of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant violates the constitution.

Hsieh submitted the proposal with fellow Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member and caucus whip Ker Chien-ming ([...]). "The government has confirmed the main direction of the 'no nukes homeland' policy for the future, but the Executive Yuan's approval of the nuclear power plant to begin operation may possibly contradict this policy. Until the qualms regarding this issue are answered, the budget for the plant will be under doubt," said Hsieh.

Armed with several regulations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to support his proposal, Hsieh cited the latter in saying that people are granted the freedom to be free from fear, and added that the constitution aims to protect the people's "right of existence, right to work, and right to property," whereas the Basic Environmental Act states that "the government shall establish plans to gradually achieve the goal of becoming a nuclear-free country."

"According to Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. …