This public forum is organised by the Bar Council Human Rights Committee in conjunction with Human Rights Day, which will be observed on 10 Dec 2018.
The Malaysian Bar wholeheartedly welcomes the Malaysian Government’s recent announcement to abolish the death penalty for all crimes, and looks forward to seeing the legislation being tabled and passed by both houses of Parliament soon.
The Malaysian Bar has long advocated and campaigned for the total abolition of the death penalty in Malaysia, as life is sacred, and every person has an inherent right to life. The right to life is a fundamental right that must be absolute, inalienable and universal, irrespective of the crime committed by the accused person. As we progress in our democratic development, we must shift away from killing people in the name of “justice”.
The panellists will draw on their knowledge and experience in discussing the issues surrounding the abolition of the death penalty, including the alternatives, relevant international laws and norms, and the way forward.