Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Malaysia: Death penalty essay competition

The Malaysian Bar is holding an essay competition on the subject of the death penalty.

Malaysia Star reports the Council's Human Rights Committee has called for essays up to 3,500 words on the topic "Death Penalty: Yes or No?"

Essays must be written in English or Malay.

The competition is open to Malaysians who are "enrolled in the CLP Program, doing their chambering or [are] undergraduates studying in a local public or private university or college".

All essay competition entries should be sent to the Bar Council Secretariat by 31 January, 2007.

For details, call Mohd Rezib 03-2031 3003 ext. 185 or e-mail

In March 2006, the Malaysia Bar's annual general meeting passed a resolution calling for an end to the death penalty and for all death sentences to be commuted.

Related stories:
Renewed debate on death penalty in Malaysia -- 23 March, 2006
Malaysian lawyers against the death penalty -- 21 March, 2006

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