MADPET urges Putrajaya to announce moratorium on death penalty

Source: FMT

The NGO expressed satisfaction that Malaysia has in place a “moratorium” on executions, especially for those languishing on death row for drug trafficking.

KUALA LUMPUR: MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) has expressed satisfaction that Malaysia has in place a “moratorium on executions, especially for those languishing on death row for drug trafficking.

The NGO urged the Malaysian Government to extend the “moratorium” on executions to all persons on death row, not for just those convicted for drug trafficking. “This only makes sense, since Malaysia is now in the process of abolishing the death penalty, beginning with the mandatory death penalty,” said MADPET spokesman Charles Hector in a statement.

He referred to Edmund Bon Tai Soon, Malaysia’s current AICHR (ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights) representative, as reportedly saying “…Malaysia’s moratorium, I understand, is only for drug trafficking cases…’ (Star, 10/7/2015).”

“It must be noted that the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), also did reiterate on 29 March 2016 their recommendation that a moratorium on the use of the death penalty be put in place in Malaysia”.

New Suhakam chief bares teeth, calls for stronger human rights commitment

Source: Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, July 14, 2016. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 ― The new Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail criticised today the federal government’s current measures to uphold civil liberties and urged for stronger human rights law enforcement and reforms.

The country’s former permanent representative to the United Nations said the commission acknowledged the government’s attempt to implement economic equitability, but found Putrajaya’s pledge to uphold fundamental rights far from satisfactory.

“Economic growth and prosperity are vital for us as a nation, but a nation is truly proud and consolidated when its people by free choice can embrace human rights and dignity.

“In essence, the status quo is not an acceptable option,” Razali, who served as UN Permanent Representative for 10 years, said at the commission’s introduction of its new term lineup here.

Razali was made the new chief commissioner for the term 2016-2019 on June 22. Read more