Suhakam renews call for moratorium on death penalty

Source: FMT News

Suhakam questions execution of three men given that the government is working on amendments to the death penalty.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has renewed calls for a moratorium on the death penalty following the “secretive” execution of three murderers, whose families were given only two days’ notice.

The execution of Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu, Ramesh Jayakumar and Sasivarnam Jayakumar last Friday has caused a furore in the international human rights community, with Amnesty International condemning what it called a “last-minute” execution of the convicted murderers.

“The Commission expresses regret in this regard as only recently in November 2015, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri announced that the Government was in the midst of finalising amendments to remove the mandatory death penalty in relevant laws,” said Suhakam chairman Hasmy Agam in a statement today. Read more

Death penalty violates right to life and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment — Suhakam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SUHAKAMMARCH 29 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (the Commission ) notes the execution of Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu, Ramesh Jayakumar and Sasivarnam Jayakumar on 25 March 2016 under section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with section 34 of the same Code.

The Commission expresses regret in this regard as only recently in November 2015, Minister in the Prime Minister s Department, YB Hajah Nancy Shukri announced that the Government was in the midst of finalising amendments to remove the mandatory death penalty in relevant laws. The Bill was expected to be tabled at the current (March 2016) Parliamentary session. Today, over two thirds of the world s nations have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. Read more