GERAKAN CALLS FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY

GERAKAN CALLS FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY “IT IS CRUEL, INHUMAN AND DEGRADING”

In conjunction with World Human Rights Day, Gerakan call for the abolishment of the death penalty for all offences. Gerakan will collect 100,000 signatures in support of our campaign for the abolition of the death penalty

Malaysia is one of only 58 countries remaining in the world that retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes. Malaysia’s criminal law provides for death by hanging in several types of offenses, including murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping, armed robbery, assisted suicide and treason.

In April 2011, Malaysia’s then Home Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein stated that 441 people had (at that time) been executed since 1960 and that 696 prisoners were on death row The majority (479 or 69%) of these death sentences were reportedly imposed under the 1952 Dangerous Drugs Act which has little to no room for juridical discretion in its application. As of November 4, 2012, the number of people on death row was reported to be about 900.

Gerakan believes that the death penalty should be abolished as it is cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment and it's contrary to basic human rights. The state should not justify the death penalty as a form of deterrence because crime has not decreased despite having the death penalty.

Malaysia must move in line with current norms and mores, especially on human rights and we must take our human rights obligations seriously as we seek to build a society that is just and inclusive. The death penalty is a serious derogation from our human rights obligations as the state should not deprive any individual of their right to live even if they are criminals. Malaysia should look towards rehabilitation and re-education as everyone deserves a second chance and there is always imprisonment for a term of one’s natural life for the worst of the worst of offenders.

As recently as 21st December 2010, the 65th United Nations General Assembly adopted a third resolution (A/RES/65/206) calling for a moratorium on the death penalty. Malaysia, as a respected member of the international community, must take heed of this and institutionalise the respect for human rights. The state must take the lead on this and the first right step would be to abolish capital punishment.

Gerakan also agrees with the findings of the 17th Session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review United Nations Human Rights Council that Malaysia must do more to further the cause of human rights and get serious about protecting and promoting the values of human rights and dignity.

AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD BLIND
MAHATMA GANDHI

 

 

Online Petition-Signing Campaign http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/signing-campaign-to-abolish-death-penalty


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