Abolish death penalty, remain steadfast in commitment to reform

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As we reach the tail end of a momentous 2018, Hakam urges the government to remain steadfast in its commitment to reform.

In this regard, we welcome the remarks of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Liew Vui Leong, on the government’s proposal to abolish the death penalty.

It is indeed an opportune moment for the new government to make its mark in the region by abolishing the death penalty in respect of all offences. Notably, this year’s World Human Rights Day also marked the 70th anniversary of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.

In respect of the concerns by some parties who are unsure about the abolishment of the death penalty, Hakam reiterates that multiple studies have proven that the death penalty does not deter crime and has been ineffective in tackling the drug problem in Malaysia.

Instead, the death penalty is cruel and inhumane, and has caused untold anguish to many people who languish in jail while awaiting their execution – sometimes for decades.

Malaysia will do well to join the ranks of the 106 countries that have abolished the death penalty for all crimes and a further 29 countries which have abolished the death penalty in practice – in celebration of Human Rights Day.

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