Suhakam questions execution of three men given that the government is working on amendments to the death penalty.
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.
“The Commission therefore recommends that a moratorium on the death penalty be put in place that will, at the very least, contribute to the respect for human dignity and to the enhancement and progressive development of human rights in Malaysia.”
Nancy had confirmed with reporters, days after the execution, that the government was working on amendments to the death penalty, with hopes to table it in March next year.
In Malaysia the mandatory death sentence is meted out on those convicted of murder, treason, possession of firearms and certain drug offences.