Abolishing Mandatory Death Penalty, At Last
Samantha Chong, Human Rights Lawyer & Drug Policy Reform Advocate | Dobby Chew, Executive Coordinator, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN)
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Some long-awaited good news: Malaysia has announced its decision to abolish the mandatory death penalty. In a statement, de facto law minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar revealed that the government has agreed to this decision with a substitute sentence to be imposed at the discretion of the courts. We first discuss the impact of this landmark decision. Then, we look at what needs to be done to shore up our other institutions to support this moving forward.
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Produced by: Alia Zefri, Natasha Fusil, Sharmilla Ganesan
Presented by: Sharmilla Ganesan
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Tags: death penalty, capital punishment, human rights, criminal justice system, malaysia, rehabilitation, drug offences, prison reform, prison system,