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MALAYSIA – ADPAN Executive Committee Member, Adilur Rahman Khan, detained by Immigration at KLIA Airport

Adilur Rahman Khan from Odhikar, a member of the ADPAN, was detained at the Kuala Lumpur Internationbal Airport(KLIA) by the Malaysian Immigration and prevented entry (he is still being detained at this time). He was supposed to be attending the General Assembly of ADPAN today(20/7/2017), and Malaysian National Conference on 21-22 July. At the ADPAN General Assembly, Adilur Rahman Khan, was succesfully voted into the Executive Committee of ADPAN for the 2017-2019 term.

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Bangladesh human rights activist detained at KLIA

| July 20, 2017

Suaram condemns arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan who arrived this morning to attend a conference in Kuala Lumpur on the abolition of the death penalty.

PETALING JAYA: The arrest of a Bangladeshi human rights activist at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) this morning has been condemned by a local rights group.

Adilur Rahman Khan was detained by immigration officers at KLIA at about 4am today. Khan is the secretary of Odhikar, a human rights NGO based in Bangladesh.

He had travelled to Malaysia to attend a conference on the topic of “Abolition of the death penalty”.

“Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemns the detention of Adilur Rahman Khan.

“As of 10am, no reason has been given by immigration officers as to why he was detained. However, Suaram was informed that Khan has now been moved to the immigration lock-up,” Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said in a statement.

The NGO urged the authority to release Khan and called for an end to the “persistent harassment against human rights defenders visiting Malaysia”.

This is the latest action taken against foreign human rights activists by the Malaysian government.

Earlier this month, Amnesty International (AI) said it was concerned over the barring of Singapore human rights defender Han Hui Hui from entering Malaysia last month.

Han had been blocked from entering the country after having been labelled an “undesirable immigrant” by the home minister.

“AI notes that this is not the first time the government has barred peaceful activists from entering Malaysia.

“In recent years, Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong and Indonesian human rights defender Mugiyanto Sipin have been prevented from visiting the country, as well”. – FMT News, 20/7/2017FMT News, 20/7/2017

Immigration detained activist from Bangladesh, claims Suaram

  •    Published Today 11:40 am     Updated Today 11:53 am

The human rights group Suaram has condemned the Immigration Department for supposedly detaining a human rights activist from Bangladesh.

“Suaram calls for his immediate release and demand that the Immigration Department stop its persistent harassment against human rights defenders visiting Malaysia,” it said in a statement today.

Suaram claimed that Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan was detained at about 4am today at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and as of 10am, he was not told the reason for his detention.

He was supposed to attend a conference on the abolition of the death penalty that would take place in Kuala Lumpur this evening until Saturday.

Malaysiakini has contacted the Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali and is waiting for a response. – Malaysiakini, 20/7/2017

Malaysia detains prominent Bangladeshi rights activist Adilur Rahman Khan

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia has detained a prominent Bangladesh activist, civil groups said on Thursday (July 20), describing the government action as “harassment” against human rights defenders.

Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the rights group Odhikar, was detained after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Thursday, activists said.

He was due to speak at a two-day conference organised by the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network

Rights group Voice of the Malaysian People (Suaram) said Khan was being kept incommunicado at the airport’s immigration lock-up and appealed for his release.

“Suaram calls for his immediate release and demand that the immigration department stop its persistent harassment against human rights defenders visiting Malaysia,” it said in a statement.

Immigration authorities could not be reached for comment.

Malaysia often denies foreign pro-democracy activists entry into the country without giving explanation.

 

The Asian Human Rights Commission urged the international human rights community “to immediately intervene in this case, and secure Khan’s release from arbitrary detention”.

The commission said it was worried that the detention of Khan, his country’s former deputy attorney general, “is the result of collusion between governments in Bangladesh and Malaysia”.

In the past, Khan’s group has been critical of human rights violations allegedly committed by Bangladeshi security forces, including torture and extra judicial killings.

Malaysia has also denied Khan a lawyer and the right to speak to anyone, the group said.

In 2015, student activist Joshua Wong, who helped organise the 2014 Hong Kong protests, was denied entry by immigration authorities. – The Straits Times, 20/7/2017

PAKISTAN – 465 executed since moratorium lifted in December 2014

Pakistan executes 465 people since lifting of death penalty ban

Lahore, July 7 (IANS) At least 465 persons have been executed in Pakistan since the country lifted the ban on death penalty in December 2014, said a non-government organisation working for prisoners’

Lahore, July 7 (IANS) At least 465 persons have been executed in Pakistan since the country lifted the ban on death penalty in December 2014, said a non-government organisation working for prisoners’ rights.

Such a high number of executions has made Pakistan the “fifth most prolific executioner” in the world, following China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Dawn online cited a data analysis by Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) as showing.

The analysis said the use of death penalty has failed to curb crime, including terrorism. The death penalty is exceedingly being used as a political tool, sometimes even as a jail overcrowding solution.

Punjab province, which accounts for 83 per cent of the executions and 89 per cent death sentences in Pakistan, has witnessed only a 9.7 per cent drop in murder rate between 2015 and 2016.

Sindh province has, however, registered a drop of nearly 25 per cent in the same time period. The province carried out only 18 executions compared to 382 in Punjab.

The analysis said murder rate in Pakistan was already on the decline before the moratorium was lifted, casting even more doubt on the already dubious relationship between the death penalty and crime reduction.

Yearly trends of executions showed that anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) accounted for only 16 per cent of the executions.

The JPP said the government sought to justify lifting of the moratorium for all 27 death-eligible crimes by claiming that it was necessary to deter terrorist threat to Pakistan.

But the data said the government was mostly hanging terrorists through military courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and through ATCs in Sindh.

The research claimed that people are executed in Pakistan to make room in the overcrowded prisons.

Currently, 25 of the 27 prisons in the province are significantly over-capacity and the highest number of executions take place in the most overcrowded prisons.

The JPP in a statement said that Pakistan was heading for its first UN review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on July 11 that obligated it to uphold and respect the right to life for all citizens.

It said Pakistan’s return to an executing state has been taken up in the list of issues framed by the Human Rights Council committee.

JPP Executive Director Sarah Belal said Pakistan’s troubling and continued use of the death penalty had continuously fallen short of meeting its international human rights commitments and fair trial standards, as well as the country’s own domestic laws.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Published Date: July 7, 2017 3:01 PM IST – http://www.india.com/news/agencies/pakistan-executes-465-people-since-lifting-of-death-penalty-ban-2301553/

European Union speaks out on the Execution of Mr Ahmad Najib Aris in Malaysia

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Execution of Mr Ahmad Najib Aris in Malaysia

Bruxelles, 27/09/2016 – 19:36 – UNIQUE ID: 160927_11

 

Statement by the Spokesperson on the execution of Mr Ahmad Najib Aris in Malaysia

 

The recent execution of Mr Ahmad Najib Aris in Malaysia – after serving 11 years on death row – runs counter to global trends towards establishing a moratorium on the use of capital punishment.

 

The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment and we have  consistently called for its universal abolition. Experience worldwide has also demonstrated that the death penalty fails to act as a deterrent to crime.

 

The review of the use of the death penalty, as announced by the Malaysian authorities, should begin as soon as possible and lead to the establishment of a moratorium on executions as a first step towards the universal abolition of the death penalty.

 

Source:- European Union Website

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