The protesters are calling on Malaysia to join the vast majority of UN member nations and reconsider it’s current use of the death penalty, in particular for drug trafficking.
They are asking the Malaysian government to order an immediate moratorium on executions and consider the overwhelming evidence that the use of the death penalty does not prevent serious crime, and carries a major risk of innocent people being executed for crimes they did not commit, even in the fairest of legal systems.
Currently over 300 people are on death row in Malaysia, mainly young men under the age of 25, many of them for relatively minor cannabis dealing charges which in most countries would only warrant a fine or perhaps a short prison sentence.
In London the protesters include members of ENCOD, Release, Reprieve, Amnesty International, Students for Sensible Drug Policies, and the Legalise Cannabis Alliance.
The protests represent growing international concern at Malaysia’s murderous anti drug policies at a time when many nations are learning that harm prevention not prohibition is the best way to protect citizens from the dangers of drug use.
London Picket @ The Malaysian Embassy, 45 Belgrave Sq, London, SW1X 8QT. Thursday 4th March 2010, 1PM.