ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Forwarded Urgent Appeal: AHRC-FUA-003-
29 February 2008
SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA: Death penalty of three Malaysians in
ISSUES: Death Penalty
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal received fromregarding the death penalty of three Malaysians in . Please intervene in this case in order to save their lives and urge the relevant authorities in to join the international community for the moratorium on executions.
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Urgent Appeals Desk
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
Hamir Hasim (m) aged 23, Malaysian national
Kamal Kupli (m) aged 24, Malaysian national
Abdul Malik Usman (m) aged 28, Malaysian national
Hamir Hasim, Kamal Kupli and Abdul Malik are at risk of imminent execution in. On 18 February their final appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeals. is calling for their death sentence to be commuted by the President.
On 1 March, 2007 all 3 men had been convicted of murder, which carries a mandatory death sentence in. Hamir Hasim, a gardener, and Kamal Kupli and Abdul Malik Usman, both cleaners, were found guilty of attacking and killing a man that they robbed in December 2005.
has one of the highest execution rates per capita in the world. There has been very little public debate about the death penalty in Singapore, partly as a result of tight government controls on the media. The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions noted in a 2005 report that legal safeguards in do not meet international human rights standards. Echoing the concerns of many lawyers and activists, he argued that the mandatory penalty denies the judiciary the necessary discretion to sentence people fairly and appropriately.
opposes the death penalty in all cases, and supports the global trend away from the use of the death penalty, powerfully expressed in the UN General Assembly’s resolution calling for a worldwide moratorium on executions on 18 December 2007.
recognizes the need of governments to address serious crime, including murder, but notes that there is no clear evidence that the death penalty deters crime any more effectively than other forms of punishment. Today 135 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please rush personally-worded appeals
- urging the President to commute the death sentences of Hamir Hasim, Kamal Kupli and Abdul Malik Usman immediately;
- expressing concern that the death penalty is mandatory for murder in, and calling on the authorities to take steps to adopt a moratorium on executions, with a view to restricting the scope of the death penalty and ultimately abolishing the death penalty, as called for in the resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2007.
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