Amnesty criticises two ‘secretive executions’, calls for moratorium on death penalty

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Amnesty International Malaysia Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said that by providing limited notice, the authorities are also denying the convicts a chance to seek further review of their cases. — Picture by Siow Saw Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Amnesty International Malaysia criticised prison authorities for executing two men earlier today at the Sungai Buloh prison in a secretive manner.

The NGO also demanded the government to establish a moratorium on carrying out death penalties.

In a statement, Amnesty said that 48-year-old Yong Kar Mun, who was convicted of discharging a firearm during robbery, and another individual convicted of murder, were both executed at 5.30am today.

Yong’s execution was allegedly carried out with limited notice, with the family only being informed of the execution less than 24 hours before it was carried out, while no information has been made available on the second convict who was also executed.

“The secretive way through which the Malaysian authorities have been carrying out executions is plain cruel. In these and previous executions, the authorities have added considerable distress to the prisoners and their families and shown blatant disregard for international law and standards ­­— it is high time this practice stopped,” Amnesty International Malaysia Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said. Read more

Amnesty: Malaysia 10th biggest executioner in the world

Source: FMT News

Amnesty International's Death Sentence and Executions Report shows nine people executed and 36 sentenced to death in the country last year. Pic from FMT News.

Amnesty International’s Death Sentence and Executions Report shows nine people executed and 36 sentenced to death in the country last year. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia was listed as the 10th biggest executioner last year out of all the countries which carried out capital punishment, Amnesty International Malaysia (AI-Malaysia) says.

AI-Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said the statistics on the number of executions was not provided by the government in 2015.

“The home ministry had confirmed nine executions in 2016. The number of executions carried out last year appears to represent a considerable increase compared with previous years,” she said during an Amnesty International media briefing on Death Sentences and Executions Report 2016, here, today.

In the report released globally today, it was noted that aside from the nine people executed, at least 36 people were sentenced to death in Malaysia.

Shamini said the home ministry had finally revealed in a Parliamentary reply in October last year that Malaysia had executed six people in 2014, one in 2015 and nine in 2016. Read more

Amnesty urges gov’t to abolish death penalty

Source: The Sun Daily

Amnesty_International_MalaysiaPETALING JAYA: Amnesty International Malaysia is urging the government to abolish the death penalty and place an immediate moratorium on executions and death sentences in the interim.

“Last year, Malaysia was one of just 25 countries that executed people, and was one of 61 countries that meted out the death sentence. The continuous use of the death penalty despite not deterring crime is another mark on Malaysia’s chequered human rights record,” Amnesty International Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni said at the launch of the Death Sentences and Executions 2015 report here today. Read more