Co-Executive Director Parvais Jabbar was invited to speak at a Parliamentary roundtable on the abolition of the mandatory death penalty for drug and firearms related offences in Malaysia. The event was held on 17th November and was co-ordinated by Parliamentarians for Global Action.
Participants included Members of Parliament, representatives from the diplomatic community, State officials, members of the judiciary, the Malaysian Bar Council, and discussions were held on the existing national framework on the death penalty and the potential for reform. Lord Purvis, MP, member of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty was also in attendance. The Death Penalty Project was invited as experts to contribute to the meeting and Parvais Jabbar shared our experiences of legal challenges to the mandatory death penalty and our recent work in Malaysia and in the region.
Law Minister Nancy Shukri held a press conference at the end of the parliamentary meeting and announced that the Government plans to table a bill next year to abolish the mandatory death penalty for drug-related offences.
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