Drug Offences and the Death Penalty in Malaysia - Briefing Papers

Date: 05 June 2020

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Monash University, in partnership with ADPAN and HRI, undertook a research to reveal the significant fair trial issues for more than 1,000 people on death row in Malaysia, with a focus on the death penalty for drug offences.

These three briefing papers highlight:

- the over-representation of foreign nationals and women on death row for drug offences.

- challenges inherent to the Dangerous Drugs Act, including the introduction of discretionary sentencing for drug trafficking offences.

- a summary of key research findings - the current Malaysian death penalty framework falls short of current fair trial guarantees and standards that are enshrined either domestically or internationally.

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