Save Malaysians on death row elsewhere too, says rights group

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

The Malaysian government has chose to abolish the death penalty and a proposed Bill is expected to be tabled at the next parliament sitting, local media reported on Wednesday (Oct 10).

"Full stop", Datuk Liew Vui Keong - minister in charge of law in the Prime Minister's Department - told media at an event at University of Malaya.

Malaysia's new government said it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed Thursday as a major advance.

Amnesty International has called on governments to put an end to the death penalty.

Today, the European Union delegation to PNG joined other European Union missions around the globe to recall the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The abolition of the death penalty could save the life of Sydney grandmother Maria Exposto, who was found guilty of drug trafficking by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia in May.

The moratorium on the death penalty affects, among others, two women accused of assassinating the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il previous year.

"All death penalty will be abolished".

The African Christian Democratic Party has promoted capital punishment as part of its policy.

"Our view is that executions should not be carried out we will inform the Pardons Board to look into the various applications for all the death row inmates to either commute or release them".

In April a year ago, Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of death penalty among the 23 countries that carried out capital punishment in 2016.

The PNG Government reactivated the use of capital punishment in 2013 after a spate of violent killings drew global attention. The decision was welcomed by rights advocates, who said there was never any proof that mandatory death sentences deterred offenders from violent or drug-related crimes.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals were hanged, the New Straits Times newspaper said. A total of 1,267 prisoners are on death row, making up 2.7 per cent of the 60,000 behind bars.

Mr Guterres, in a statement marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty, said progress made toward eliminating the death penalty had been "marred by setbacks".

Amnesty International reported in March that 799 people on death row were convicted of drug trafficking, including 416 foreign nationals.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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