Lord Purvis participates in round table on mandatory death sentences in Malaysia

17 November 2015

Lord Purvis participates in round table on mandatory death sentences in Malaysia

In November Lord Purvis visited Malaysia to participate in a roundtable within the Malaysian parliament to address the issue of mandatory death sentences. The roundtable was organised by Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA).  The event was supported by the Minister of Tourism and the Minister of  Law within the Malaysian Government and a number of Malaysian MPs. Crimes that attract a mandatory death sentence currently include: treason, murder, firearms offences and drug trafficking. Despite the fact that 3 men were hanged in March 2016 for the crime of murder, as a result of mandatory death sentences, a proposal to end mandatory death sentences is gathering support in the Malaysian parliament. The declaration agreed at the end of the roundtable to support the introduction of a bill to abolish mandatory death sentences by H.E Hon. Nancy Shukri, Minister of Law. It was also agreed: to set up a working group under the national Chair of the PGA in Malaysia to build support amongst parliamentarians; to press for a moratorium on the death penalty and; to ratify the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), particular its second optional protocol which concerns the abolition of the death penalty. Further details on the roundtable can be found on the PGA website.