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|Press Release | The Malaysian Bar Welcomes Show of Mercy in Stay of Execution of Death Sentence|
|Friday, 07 February 2014 05:17pm|
The Malaysian Bar is heartened by, and welcomes, the show of compassion and the swift intervention of the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan of Johore, which resulted in the stay of execution of the death sentence on Chandran s/o Paskaran, scheduled for today.
The Bar also welcomes the chorus of voices of civil society actors that called for the execution to be stayed.
In addition, the Bar commends the Prime Minister and his Government for their role in this matter. The Bar notes that the Malaysian Government has since 2010 announced its willingness to relook at the mandatory death penalty, with a view to its possible abolition or the reintroduction of a discretionary death penalty.
At an event entitled “Dialogue with Members of Parliament on the Reintroduction of Discretionary Sentencing for Capital Punishment” held at Parliament on 14 November 2013, the Government and the Attorney General’s Chambers informed those present that they were in the midst of reviewing the mandatory death penalty.
In light of such review, the authorities and the Government should, in the interests of justice, impose an immediate official moratorium on any and all executions of the death sentence.
The Malaysian Bar is of the view that the death penalty should be abolished, as every individual has an inherent right to life. This right is absolute, universal and inalienable, irrespective of any crimes that may have been committed. The death penalty has no place in a society that values human life, justice and mercy.
The Malaysian Bar reiterates its call on the Malaysian Government to abolish the death penalty without delay. Those who have been sentenced with the mandatory death penalty should all be resentenced.
7 February 2014
265 migrant workers face death penaltyThe Jakarta Post, Surabaya | National | Sat, December 28 2013, 5:56 PMAs many as 265 Indonesian migrant workers in several countries, including China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, may face death penalty, an NGO activist has said.“In addition to low wages and harsh labor conditions, the death penalty has also threatened our migrant workers,” Migrant Care executive director Anis Hidayah in Surabaya, East Java, on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency.She said in Malaysia, 213 Indonesian migrant workers were facing legal problems.“Seventy out of the total have been sentenced to death. In Saudi Arabia, nine migrant workers are already on death row awaiting execution while 33 cases are being processed,” said Anis.She further explained that in China, nine Indonesian migrant workers had been given the death sentence that was final while 18 cases were still in progress.“This is very alarming,” said Anis.Up to now, many Indonesian migrant workers have been put to death in several countries, including Basri Masse who was executed in Malaysia. Another worker, Karno Marzuki, was executed in Malaysia on Sept.14, 1991 while Yanti Iriyanti was put to death in Saudi Arabia on Feb.12, 2008. Darman Agustiri was executed in Egypt in 2010, followed by Ruyati in Saudi Arabia on June 18, 2011.Anis said what had happened to the workers could not be separated from various failures, such as illegal documents.“There have been 101,067 undocumented migrant workers who have registered for legalization. Only 17,306 of them have been able to obtain work documents and 6,700 others have been able to get exit permits,” said Anis.Slow or hasty responses to the issue of migrant workers has aggravated the situation. This could be seen, for instance, in the government’s clumsiness in handling Ruyati’s death sentence, which they only responded to after she was executed. Indonesian overstayers in Saudi Arabia only after activists launched “Rp 1,000 Coins Movement” to tease authorities’ awkwardness in assisting the undocumented migrant workers return home.“To minimize or prevent it from happening in the future, local administrations who send their people working abroad should take more active roles,” said Anis. (ebf) - The Jakarta Post, 28/12/2014, 265 migrant workers face death penalty