Should the Unionist Party be Dissolved for Violating the Constitution? Ministry of the Interior: To be handled in accordance with the law
In response to public interest in whether an application will be made to dissolve the Chinese Unification Promotion Party ("Unionist Party"), the Ministry of the Interior stated that the dissolution of a political party must satisfy certain criteria. The government will therefore continue to monitor and investigate any evidence of law-breaking or unconstitutional behavior, and handle the matter in accordance with the law.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2019, law enforcement agencies have identified 66 suspects belonging to the Unionist Party as being involved in intimidation, blackmail, robbery, and interfering with elections while conducting Operation Zhi-Pian. All suspects are now being prosecuted for violations of the Criminal Code, Social Order Maintenance Act and related laws.
According to the Article 5 of the Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China and the Article 26 of the Political Party Act, if the goals or activities of a political party endanger the existence of the Republic of China or the nation's free and democratic constitutional order, the competent authority may apply to the Constitutional Court of the Judicial Yuan for its dissolution. The Ministry of the Interior will therefore continue to monitor and investigate the matter and take action in accordance with the law.
The Ministry emphasized that freedom of association and speech are protected by the Constitution and may not be illegally infringed upon the government. Nevertheless, the organization and operation of political parties should conform to the spirit of democracy, and make upholding a free and democratic constitutional order one of their key goals. Any violation of the Constitution, the Political Party Act and related regulations is therefore not allowed. If there is clear evidence of a party's violation of the Constitution, then action will be taken by the Ministry of the Interior in accordance with the relevant regulations.