Tuesday, January 19, 2010
When will Malaysia abolish the death penalty? Will Malaysia follow Mongolia and declare a moratorium on the death penalty.
Even in China, 2 years after the accused is given the death penalty, the death penalty is commuted to a prison term. The exception would be if the said accused had committed further crimes after receiving the the death sentence. Would Malaysia also follow the practice in China, and commute those who have sentenced to death.
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Amnesty International welcomes the announcement made by the government of
Amnesty International believes President Tsakhia Elbegdorj has taken a bold move for the protection of human rights in
“The government of
has shown that it has a strong commitment to human rights by introducing a moratorium on the death penalty. Amnesty International urges other countries in the region to follow Mongolia ’s example,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International Asia- Mongolia
Pacific deputy director.
China, Mongolia, Vietnam, and , executions and death penalty proceedings are shrouded in secrecy and a lack of transparency. North Korea
must quickly amend its law on state secrecy to end the lack of transparency in the application of the death penalty. Transparency is an essential element of an open and free society but also an important step towards abolition,” said Roseann Rife. Mongolia
The President of Mongolia commuted the death sentences of at least three people in 2009. Executions are carried out in secret in
and no official statistics on death sentences or executions are made available. Prison conditions for death row inmates are reported to be poor. Families are not notified in advance of the execution and the bodies of those executed are not returned to the family. Mongolia
More than two-thirds of the world’s countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. In 2008, 106 countries voted in favour of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution calling for a moratorium on executions.
“We look forward to
’s support for the UNGA resolution in 2010 and urge other nations in the region to follow suit,” said Roseann Rife. Mongolia
’s human rights situation will also be reviewed under the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review. Mongolia
The UN General Assembly will consider a third resolution calling for a moratorium on executions in 2010.
Mongolia voted against the UNGA resolutions adopted in 2007 and 2008, as has China, India, Indonesia, North Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and . In 2008, 106 countries voted in favour of the resolution, 46 voted against and 34 abstained. Japan
Amnesty International believes the death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and opposes the death penalty in all cases. The death penalty is discriminatory, used disproportionately against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic and religious communities and it the ultimate act of state violence. There is no evidence that it is any more effective in reducing crime than other harsh punishments.
For more information please contact Roseann Rife at Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong on +852 2385 8319 or +852 9103 7183(m) or call Amnesty International's press office in London, UK, on +44 20 7413 5566 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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