Malaysia: A blow to humanity: Torture by judicial caning in Malaysia

Malaysia: A blow to humanity: Torture by judicial caning in Malaysia

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Index Number: ASA 28/013/2010
Date Published: 6 December 2010
Categories: Malaysia

Malaysia openly practises widespread torture and other ill-treatment by subjecting thousands of refugees, migrants and Malaysian citizens to judicial caning each year. This form of corporal punishment has nothing to do with Islamic law. Under international law, judicial corporal punishment such as caning constitutes torture or other ill-treatment, which are absolutely prohibited in all circumstances. As a member of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), Malaysia should consider the regional consequences of caning migrants and refugees. To comply with international law, the Malaysian government must abolish judicial caning altogether.


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