3 days workshop on “2nd Abolitionists Asia Workshop
on Death Penalty”
20-22nd June 2014, LLG Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
UPDATE DAY 1:
ADPAN together with LLG Cultural foundation, SUARAM, Amnesty International (Malaysia) and Civil Rights committee of Kl/Selangor Chinese Assembly hall organising 3 days workshop on “2nd Abolitionists Asia Workshop on Death Penalty” from 20th June to 22nd June 2014 at LLG Office in Kuala Lumpur. The workshop will be focusing on Malaysia, Singapore and other countries in this region as well as to plan for future actions to campaign against death penalty. 3 days workshop just started with introduction of participants from Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The workshop was started with welcoming speech by Liow Kok Fah, Chairman of CRC. After that, Miss Ngeow Chow Ying from ADPAN presented a case study on Cheong Chun Yin, a Malaysian facing death penalty in Singapore because of drug offences . According to his story, he was cheated by his own friend by asking him to bring drugs from Cambodia and he wasnt aware of it until he was arrested. This story is similar to many others who are facing death penalty or death in row.
We also had sharing session with colleagues from Malaysia and Singapore on death penalty in these two countries- what are the issues and challenges.Gwen from Amnesty International (Malaysia) presented overview on death penalty situation in Malaysia and challenges facing by Malaysian Civil Societies. Meanwhile Priscilia and Damien from, Second Chances of Singapore also shared situation in Singapore and whether the amendments to the law on death penalty are making any differences or not and whether the implementation is genuinely taking place in Singapore.
(Gwen, Amnesty International) (Priscilla and Damien, Second Chances)
From the both presentation on Malaysia and Singapore there are few similarities between the countries could be seen in implementation of death penalty, which as below:
– Lack of judicial protection under the law
– Lack of data and statistics
– Lack of political will from the Government’s
– Lack in investigation process and to get the the actual offenders (exp: Drug offences or murder)
– Substantive assistance (to help investigations) no transparency and sometimes in bad faith
The first day ended with questions and answers to both countries presenters and a group photo with all the participants. The updates of day two and day three will updated in Blog as well as in facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ADPANetwork)