We are prepared to work wherever the death penalty is imposed - we will never turn a case down.


human rights litigation in asia

In recent years, we have expanded our work in Asia, in terms of direct assistance in representing prisoners under sentence of death, legal training, and advice. In particular, we have been asked to continue to provide legal assistance to prisoners who are at risk of execution in Singapore and Malaysia.

consultation and training

South East Asia regional strategy meeting

In February 2012, we organised and held a South East Asia regional strategy meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting was attended by legal experts from the region, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, as well as representatives from the European Union delegation and the British High Commissions in Malaysia and Singapore.

The meeting reviewed the current status of the death penalty in the region and considered ways to restrict the use of the death penalty in South East Asia through constitutional litigation, academic research and political dialogue.

As an outcome of the meeting, a South East Asia legal network on the death penalty was established. The network consists of lawyers, NGOs, and academics from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK. This network provides an invaluable platform for the exchange of litigation strategies and assists those seeking to challenge the death penalty across South East Asia.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.


To read more about our other activities including training activities in Taiwan, China and Japan, click here; and here to read more about our research.