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Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Government minister Liew Vui Keong said earlier on Thursday there would be a moratorium on executions for inmates now on death row, according to local media.

The sentiments of the families affected by crimes such as murder must also be factored in by the Malaysian government, who plans to table the bill to abolish the death penalty as early as Monday, 15 October when parliament reconvenes.

The decision was welcomed by rights advocates.

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"I hope the law will be amended soon", he said.

Drug offences account for the largest number of executions in Malaysia, where current laws enforce mandatory capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder and kidnapping to drug offences and treason.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, had echoed Mr Guterres concerns.

"Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out", Liew said as reported by The Star.

The shocking but most welcomed news of Malaysia joining other countries such as the Senegal, who abolished the death sentence for all crimes in December 2004, Liberia in September 2005 and its colonial master United Kingdom in 1965 was indeed apt as 10 October is World Day Against The Death Penalty.

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The cabinet has given the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.

In April previous year, Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of death penalty among the 23 countries that carried out capital punishment in 2016.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals were hanged, the New Straits Times newspaper said.

As of now, 142 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, Amnesty said. He also stressed that since the government had made that decision, all executions that have yet to be carried out should be stopped.

"Once the death penalty is scrapped, Malaysia will have the moral authority to fight for the lives of Malaysians facing death sentences overseas", he added.

The minister finally revealed that the paperwork for the abolishment of the death penalty is nearly done.

The UN envoy noted the majority of executions today are carried out in China, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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