FCCM

Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia

FORUM ON THE DEATH PENALTY

At FCCM's latest forum, members and guests discussed Amnesty International's global report on the death penalty and its implications here. Shamini Darshni, executive director of Amnesty International Malaysia, and Liew Chin Tong, lawmaker for the Democratic Action Party (DAP), gave their views and insights at the forum titled "The Death Penalty: The Way Forward in Malaysia" on May 15, 2014.

More about the Death Sentences and Executions report

The Death Sentences and Executions report published yearly since 2009 by Amnesty International provides a detailed look at the use of the death penalty globally. Amnesty International recorded almost *100 more executions* around the world in 2013 compared to the year before, mainly in Iran and Iraq. Excluding China, where the number of executions is kept secret, *778* executions were known to have been carried out globally in 2013, compared to *682* in 2012.

At least two executions are known to have taken place in Malaysia in 2013, and there was a notable rise in death sentences imposed compared to the year before, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.The organisation also highlighted how Malaysian authorities continued to carry out executions in near-total secrecy and refused to divulge information around their use of the death penalty, in direct violation of international standards.