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Malaysia to abolish the death penalty for all crime

Malaysia's Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to abolish death penalty for all crimes and halt pending executions.
Malaysia to abolish the death penalty for all crime
  • This decision was taken in pursuance of strong domestic opposition to colonial practice for being barbarous and unimaginably cruel which has put terrible stain on the country's human rights record.
  • It is also in line with a move away from capital punishment in the rest of the world.

Details:

  • Currently capital punishment in Malaysia is mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms, treason and drug trafficking, among other crimes.
  • The death penalty in Malaysia is exclusively carried out by hanging and has been a legacy of British colonial rule.
  • More than 1200 people are on death row in Malaysia.

One must know that:

  • At present, the sentence of death penalty has been abolished in 103 countries, while penalty of capital punishment is still in 56 countries.
  • There are still provisions for capital punishment in countries like China, India, America, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan and Sri Lanka.
  • United Nations General Assembly passed the resolution in 62nd session in 2007 to impose universal restrictions on the death penalty.

Question:

Q. Which country's Cabinet chaired by its Prime Minister has agreed to abolish death penalty for all crimes and halt pending executions?
a. Sri Lanka
b. Nepal
c. Germany
d. Malaysia
Malaysia to abolish the death penalty for all crime Malaysia to abolish the death penalty for all crime Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on October 15, 2018 Rating: 5

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