Human rights NGO Suaram in a statement today condemned de facto law minister Nazri Aziz for constantly changing his stance on the death penalty and jeopardising the NGO’s efforts on the issue.
Nazri had told students in a speech earlier this month that he supports the abolition of the death penalty provided there is support from the majority.
Referring to a news report yesterday, Suaram said the minister had gone back on his words yesterday by saying Malaysia still needs capital punishment to serve as a deterrent.
Responding to the apparent flip-flopping, Suaram director Nalini Elumalai (right) urged the government to honour the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to move closer to a death penalty-free world.
“The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state.
“This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is irrevocable and can be inflicted on the innocent. It has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishments,” she said.
She noted that more than one-third (141) of the countries around the world have abolished the death penalty, with Mongolia being the latest to join the movement in January.