Friday, July 13, 2012

Good news from Singapore and Malaysia

Our Asia Program Director Toshi Kazama reports good news from Singapore and Malaysia this week.  Each country has just taken steps to abolish mandatory death sentences for people convicted of drug trafficking. Here's an article about this news in Malaysia, and here's one from Singapore.

Toshi's visit to Singapore and Malaysia this week is a follow-up to his succesful visit to these countries last fall, when he gave several presentations and met with lawyers and public officials. In this photo, Toshi (right) is standing with Member of Parliament Liew Chin Tong (center) and human rights lawyer Ngeow Chow Ying; they are holding a report from MVFHR, prepared at the request of Justice and Law Minister Aziz, about how various U.S. states have declared a moratorium on the death penalty. 

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