Malaysia: Statement by the Spokesperson on the move to abolish the mandatory death penalty

(Source: EEAS)

The EU welcomes Malaysia’s move to abolish the mandatory death penalty as an important step towards the complete abolition of the capital punishment in line with the worldwide trend.

We look forward to swift transformation of this decision into law by the Government of Malaysia. The EU stands ready to support Malaysia in its efforts to completely abolish death penalty.

As a matter of principle, the European Union strongly opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent to crime and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.

The European Union will continue to work for the abolition of the death penalty in the few remaining countries that still apply it.

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