The alarming situation in Malaysia soon to be examined by the UN


20 September 2018



Just as every member of the United Nations, Malaysia will be obligated to face its responsibilities in terms of human rights : next November it will, for the third time, pass the Universal periodic exam. This process, conducted by the State itself under the control of the Human Rights Council, allows each country to declare the measures that have been taken to improve the context in terms of human rights.

The exam is a convenient occasion to discuss the death penalty in Malaysia, located in a region at the heart of an abolitionist struggle, South East Asia.

In the Malaysian code, certain violations automatically lead to the death penalty : even if since last year, drug dealing is no longer a part of them, it still applies to homicides and use of a firearm with the intention to murder or harm.

When the death penalty is automatic, it violates international law because it is arbitrary and disproportionate and because it doesn’t take into account the circumstances in which the offence took place neither does it consider the personality of the offender.

During the 39th session of the Human Rights Council currently taking place in Geneva, ECPM (Together against the death penalty) and its partners were united to prepare this exam and present a report (see below), gathering information and data on the use of the death penalty in Malaysia since the last session of this exam in 2013, as well as multiple recommendations in order to face the on-going violations of human rights in Malaysia.



This report was co-written by : Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN), ECPM (Together Against the Death Penalty), The Advocates for Human Rights, Harm Reduction International (HRI), The World Coalition against the Death Penalty (WCADP).

Lire le rapport pour l'examen périodique universel de Malaisie (en anglais)

Lire la synthèse du rapport pour l'examen périodique universel de Malaisie (en anglais)

Image d'illustration © capture d'écran de la vidéo "Unjust & Unwanted: Malaysia's Mandatory Death Penalty", réalisé par The Death Penalty Project.