Malaysia - Letter To Malaysian Authorities

Discussion in 'Drug Policy Reform & Narco Politics' started by Encod, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. Encod

    Encod Newbie

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    Apr 10, 2007
    Dear friends

    On 20 March 2007, the Federal Court of Malaysia confirmed the death
    sentence of Basil Omar (36), who was caught with 1 kilo of cannabis in
    January 1990.

    We ask everyone to copy the following letter to the relevant
    authorities (which has been sent on behalf of ENCOD), sign and send it
    as well by normal post or by-mail to the Malaysian embassy in your

    For adresses of Malaysian embassies see

    Please feel free to spread this message.

    Thanks, best wishes,

    Joep - ENCOD


    PRIME MINISTER Dato‘ Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister’s
    Department, Block 1, Federal Government Administration Centre, 62502
    Putrajaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA Telefax: (00 60) 3-8888 8344, (00 60)
    3-8888 3530

    POLICE CHIEF Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Omar, Ketua Polis Negara, Ibu pejabat
    Polis Diraja Malaysia, Bukit Aman, 50502 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA Telefax:
    (00 60) 3-2273 1326

    CHAIR HUMAN RIGHT COMMISSION Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, Suruhanjaya Hak
    Asasi Manusia Malaysia, 29th Floor, Menara Tun Razak, Jalan Raja Laut,
    50350 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA Telefax: (00 60) 3-2612 5620

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Dear Inspector General of Police,

    Dear Chair of the national human rights commission SUHAKAM,

    Dear Embassador,

    Antwerpen, 16 april 2007

    As a European coalition of NGO’s and individuals concerned with the
    global drug issue, we would like to inform you herewith of our deepest
    concerns about the upcoming execution of Mr. Basil Omar (36), whose
    death sentence was confirmed recently.

    Mr. Basil Omar was caught in possession of 1 kilo of cannabis on January
    31, 1990. He was sentenced to death in September 1994. On 20 March 2007,
    Mr. Omar’s appeal to the Malaysian Federal Court to have the death
    sentences by hanging reversed, failed.

    The use of the death penalty as such runs counter to the universal
    protection of human rights and is at odds with the international trend
    away from the use of this measure. Very few countries currently carry
    out executions: provisional figures compiled by Amnesty International
    indicate that only 20 of the United Nation’s 193 member states carried
    out state killings in 2006. In countries such as South Korea and Taiwan,
    authorities are considering to abolish this measure. We hope that this
    will soon be the case in Malaysia as well.

    However, in this particular case, we believe there is no valid argument
    whatsoever to carry out this punishment, and urge you to do whatever is
    possible to reverse the sentence.

    Cannabis is a natural product, a non-lethal substance. Its consumption
    is widespread around the world, as it has been for thousands of years
    among many different cultures and people. In most European countries,
    cannabis possession for personal consumption is not even penalised
    anymore. In the coming years, we expect major law changes that will
    allow for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis to adults in
    several European countries.

    In spite of executions of drug traffickers in Malaysia, the country is
    not and will never be drug-free. Many people in Malaysia want to consume
    cannabis and other drugs, so it is obvious that other people will supply
    them. Taking the life of Mr. Omar will not change that situation.

    Drugs trafficking is the core business of globally organised criminal
    organisations. Mr. Omar or others who are occasionally caught by
    authorities with relatively small amounts do not have major
    responsibilities in this business. Killing them will not scare the drugs
    gangs away. On the contrary, it is possible that thanks to these
    punishments, the drugs barons can continue to justify extraordinary high
    prices for their goods.

    ENCOD strongly believes that the drugs problem can only be reduced by
    effective social and health policies, not by legal sanctions. Innovative
    strategies for addressing the issue both globally and locally are
    needed, and the harsh implementation of drug prohibition is a major
    impediment to thee introduction of these strategies. The reinforcement
    of policies that have failed until now will increase the lack of
    credibility of authorities in the opinion of the general public.

    We call upon your wisdom to apply principles of sound governance and
    reverse the death sentence for Mr. Basil Omar. We also offer you our
    co-operation in order to convince European governments to support
    Malaysia in the creation of structures which would allow for the
    reduction of harm that the production, trade and consumption of illicit
    drugs can cause.

    Sincerely yours,

    On behalf of ENCOD,

    Christine Kluge, Germany
    Marina Impallomeni, Italy
    Virginia Montañes, Spain
    Farid Ghehioueche, France
    Jan van der Tas, Netherlands
    Joep Oomen, Belgium

    (Steering Committee)


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  2. ojos_de_brujo

    ojos_de_brujo Silver Member

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    Dec 31, 2006
    Hey people, it's just a tiny effort to send this to the embassy (and spread it to everyone in you's contact list).

    Swim's done it. Now you'all.