Foreign diplomats and international human rights groups on Thursday praised Malaysia for plans to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session.
In Malaysia, death penalty is a mandatory punishment for murder, drug trafficking, treason and waging war against the YDPA.
Capital punishment has recently been extended to acts of terrorism, death as a result of rape, child rapists and kidnapping.
When someone is sentenced to death, the head of state automatically receives a report on each case and can either commute the sentence to another punishment, pardon the offender, or set the time and place for the execution.
There are no jury trials in Malaysia for capital punishment.
Liew Vui Keong, a minister in the prime minister’s department, said on Wednesday that amendments to the existing laws would be introduced in the next session, which begins on October 15.
“The death penalty will be abolished, full stop.
“We need to look into it and hear the views of all, but as it stands today, the decision is to abolish the death penalty,” Liew stressed after a law reform talk at a Malaysian university.
Foreign embassies and rights groups were supportive of the move.
“We strongly welcome the announcement by the Malaysian Government of its intention to abolish the death penalty,” Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, the Swedish ambassador to Malaysia, wrote on Twitter.
He said, “Impressive and bold move.’’
Amnesty International also cheered the news, calling it “an astounding announcement.”
Local news reports noted that all pending executions have been halted in the meantime.
According to local reports, over 1,200 people have received death sentences in Malaysia for murder, drug trafficking, terrorist acts, treason, and other crimes.
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Pope Urges Calm In Protest-Hit Ecuador
Pope Francis on Sunday called on all sides to refrain from violence in Ecuador, which has been rocked by nationwide protests against rising fuel and living costs.
“I am following with concern what is happening in Ecuador,” the Argentine pontiff said after his weekly Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican.
“I encourage all parties to abandon violence and extreme positions. Let us learn — only through dialogue can social peace be found, I hope soon.”
The 85-year-old urged particular attention to be paid to “the marginalised populations and the poorest, but always respecting the rights of all, and the institutions of the country”.
Ecuador’s National Assembly is due to vote on whether to oust President Guillermo Lasso over the protests that have left five people dead and dozens injured in 13 days of revolt.
Pope Francis also highlighted the death of sister Luisa Dell’Orto, an Italian missionary who he said was killed on Saturday in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
“Sister Lucia (Luisa) lived there for 20 years, dedicated above all to the service of street children,” he said.
“I entrust her soul to God and pray for the Haitian people, especially for the youngest, so they may have a more peaceful future without misery, and without violence.
“Sister Lucia made her life a gift for others, to the point of martyrdom.”
Finally, the pope urged those listening not to forget the war in Ukraine.
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War: Ukraine Will Be Coerced To Make ‘Bad Peace’ With Russia – UK
The United Kingdom has expressed fears that Ukraine will be coerced to make a ‘bad peace’ with Russia.
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said Ukraine could face pressure to agree to a peace deal with Russia over the global food crisis.
According to him, Volodymyr Zelensky’s side will enter a peace deal that will not be in the interests of his country as a result of the economic consequences of the ongoing war in Europe.
The British Prime Minister is in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, with leaders of Commonwealth nations for a summit
He told reporters, according to BBC, that “Too many countries are saying this is a European war that is unnecessary … and so the pressure will grow to encourage, coerce, maybe, the Ukrainians to a bad peace.”
The UK Prime Minister then warned that there would be consequences if Russian President Vladimir Putin has his way in Ukraine.
Johnson noted that this would be dangerous to international security and “a long-term economic disaster”.
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Obama Rues U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision To Overturn Roe v Wade Abortion Rights
Former American President Barrack Obama says the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling “reverses 50 years precedent, attacking the essential freedoms of Americans.”
“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans,” Mr Obama said in a tweet.
On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), a U.S. Supreme Court judgment that ruled that United States Constitution protects pregnant women’ liberty to decide to have an abortion.
Justice Samuel Alito on Friday wrote the majority opinion that tossed out the case. Mr Alito was joined by the five other conservatives on the high court, including Chief Justice John Roberts.
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” the opinion said.
The case was met with a 6-3 decision, with the court’s three liberal justices filing a dissenting opinion to the ruling.
The decision has been widely anticipated after a draft of the ruling was exclusively reported by Politico in May.
Following the leak, Oklahoma passed a near-total ban on all abortions, starting “at fertilization” pending the signature of Republican Governor Kevin Stitt, it would be the most restrictive abortion ban in the U.S.
President Joe Biden had urged Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade, saying a woman’s right to have an abortion is “fundamental.”
“If the court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose,” Mr Biden said in May.
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