Malaysia: First six months of sentencing discretion underscore urgent need for indefinite extension of moratorium on executions

Figures recorded by Amnesty International during the first six months since Malaysian courts were granted sentencing discretion depict a significant decrease in the number of death sentences imposed or upheld. However, the cases identified also gave rise to concerns that systemic flaws and violations of international human rights law and standards continued to be present in Malaysia’s use of the death penalty, as well as its alternatives.
Amnesty International renews its call on the authorities to, as a critical next step, indefinitely extend the official moratorium on executions until the death penalty is fully abolished and all death sentences commuted.

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