Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia

Local EU Statement on the abolition of the mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking by Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 18/12/2017 - 09:44, UNIQUE ID: 171218_3
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The Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia and the EU Member States represented in Malaysia issue the following statement on the abolition of the mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking by Malaysia:

The Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia and the EU Member States represented in Malaysia welcome the removal of the mandatory death sentence for drug offences with the passing of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2017 by the House of Representatives on 30 November and by the Senate on 14 December 2017. We view this as an important first step towards the complete abolition of the death penalty in Malaysia.

We reaffirm our strong and unequivocal opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. The EU considers capital punishment to be a cruel and inhuman punishment, which does not deter crime more effectively than other punishments, and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.

We are of the view that those already sentenced to death should also be able to apply for a judicial review of their sentence.

The European Union calls on Malaysia to stop all executions and to institute a moratorium on capital punishment pending the complete abolition of the death penalty.

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