Malaysia National Conference – “Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia”(21-22 July 2017) – Part 2


“Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia”

Malaysia National Conference and Training Workshop

KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

21 – 22 July 2017

Session 8: Towards Abolition of Death Penalty in Malaysia(1)

To discuss and consider the efforts, strategies, obstacles and success of the different stakeholders on abolition

Facilitator:- Wu Jiazhen

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  • Kasthuri Patto (Secretary of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) National Group)
  • Amer Izyanif, Head of Law Reform Division, SUHAKAM
  • Masjaliza Hamzah– (Journalist)
  • Haridas, Aliran
  • Representative from Death Row Inmate Family Support Group


Session 9: Conditions of Detention in Malaysia

To provide an overview of the conditions of detention in Malaysia and a discussion on specific cases as well as methods to gain access

Facilitator:- Shamini Darshni

Speakers: –

Lim Chi Chao (Malaysian Bar)

Simon Karunagaram (SUHAKAM)


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Session 10 : Poverty, Crime and the Death Penalty – an Indian experience

To discuss the social aspects of the death penalty and to provide understanding on how the poor are often times the ones subjected to capital offences and how poverty resorts to unequal justice

Facilitator: Ted Tan

Speaker:-Mr. Himanshu Agarwal(Associate, Centre on the Death Penalty, National Law University Delhi ) –

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Session 11: Towards Abolition of Death Penalty in Malaysia (2)

  1. Ngeow Chow Ying, KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) Civil Rights Committee
  2. Andrew Khoo (Public Opinion Survey in Malaysia done by the Death Penalty Project and the Malaysian Bar
  3. Representatives from Prison Counselling Group

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Session 12: Lobbying the World for the abolition of Death Penalty in Malaysia – UPR and UN Mechanisms


Facilitator: Charles Hector


  • Jennifer Jokstad (United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner/OCHR) – (UPR and other available UN mechanisms, Special Rapporteurs, CEDAW, CRC..
  • Yap Swee Seng, Former Executive Director, FORUM-ASIA – International Lobbying Group working at the UN)

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Session 11: Mental Health and the Death Penalty

Facilitator:-  Arshad

Speakers: Julian McMahon(Barrister, President, Reprieve Australia


Training by Amy Bergquist


Session 7: SMART Exercise

Right to Communicate with the Outside World

Training on Conducting Fact Finding Mission

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“Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia” Malaysia National Conference (21-22 July 2017) – Day 1

“Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia”

Malaysia National Conference and Training Workshop

KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

21 – 22 July 2017


Welcome Address by Charles Hector (ADPAN)

Welcome Address by Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, Executive Director, Ensemble Contre La Peine de Mort (ECPM) ECPM(3 min)

Keynote Address by Tan Sri Razali Ismail (Chairperson of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM)


Session 1: Death Penalty in Asia – An Overview

Facilitator – Arthur Wilson

Speaker:- Julian McMahon (President, Reprieve Australia – ADPAN Member)

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Session 2:- Death Penalty in Malaysia – An Overview

Facilitator :- Ngeow Chow Ying

Speaker:- Andrew Khoo (Malaysian Bar)

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Session 3: Catholic Church and Death Penalty in Malaysia

 Facilitator: Mr Francis Pereira

Speaker:- Rev Fr Gregory Chan (Catholic Church)

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Session 4: Death Penalty and the ‘Best Interest of the Child’ and Family

To discusses the impact of death penalty on family especially children, as well as the inconsistency with the UN Child Rights Convention and other standards

Facilitator: Rachel Zeng


1-James Nayagam (Child Rights Activist, and Former HR Commissioner)

2- Kasthuri A/P Krishnan (Association of Women Lawyers)

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Session 5: Death Penalty – Migrants  and Foreign Nationals

To discuss the various issues surrounding foreign nationals in facing death penalty, from arrest to conviction and beyond


Facilitator – Puri Kencana Putri


M Ramachelvam  (Chairman of the Bar Council’s Migrants, Refugees and Immigration Affairs Committee)

Wilnor Papa (Amnesty International Philippines)


Session 6: Death Penalty & ‘Secret’ Executions

To discuss the recent executions in Malaysia, its secrecy and the last minute information of executions preventing effective intervention

Facilitator:- Altantuya Batdorj

Speaker:- Shamini Darshni (Amnesty International Malaysia)


  • More of Day 1 and Day 2 of this national conference that was attended by over 100 participants will be in our next postings.
  • We also hope to share the various presentations in this Website