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Give Life 2nd Chance is a movement dedicated to work on abolish death penalty in Malaysia.

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运良的信

Dear Singapore, As a family member of Yong Vui Kong, I am greatly comforted and very grateful to learn that Singapore is planning to revise some of its laws at this critical moment. My gratitude to Singapore Deputy Prime Minister … Continue reading

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PRESS STATEMENT SAVE VUI KONG CAMPAIGN ON MDP

10TH JULY 2012 The Save Vui Kong Campaign is pleased to learn that the Singapore Government has proposed an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act to abolish the mandatory death sentence for drug mules under certain circumstances. According to … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal Deliver Judgement on 4 April

The decision on Yong Vui Kong’s latest legal application will be delivered by the Supreme Court of Singapore on 4th April 2012 at 2.30pm. 马来西亚籍新加坡死囚杨伟光上诉新加坡上诉庭挑战总检察署选择性提控一案将在4月4日下午2时30分宣布判决。 http://www.merdekareview.com/news_v2.php?n=23747

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Discrimination in Nationality for VK Case

MPs: Double standard in sentencing Vui Kong Original Post : Free Malaysia Today , Author : Patrick Lee,  | March 26, 2012   Malaysians convicted of drug crimes in Singapore are led to the hangman’s noose, while citizens there are allegedly being … Continue reading

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Death Penalty Not Deterring Drug Trade

Author : Patrik Lee (Free Malaysia Today), 19 March 2012 More people have been arrested over drug dealing, despite the shadow of the mandatory death penalty hanging over their heads. KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s mandatory death penalty on drug-related crime does … Continue reading

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殺戮的艱難:從死刑爭議談起

講座題目:殺戮的艱難:從死刑爭議談起 A Public Talk on “Controversial of Death Penalty Issues” 日期         :2012年3月10日(星期六)晚上7時30分 地點         :Viva Home Expo Hall,Viva Home, Jalan Loke Yew, KL 主辦:2012大馬國際圖書博覽會、隆雪華堂民權委員會、學樂書苑 主講:饒兆穎(隆雪華堂民權委員會副主席,「給生命第二次機會」協調員)、楊潔(出版社編輯) 主持:陳慧君(隆雪華堂民權委員會秘書)   「死刑是一種誘惑。 有正義感的人, 多少都曾經把死刑當作是一種實現正義的方式…… 我們心裡都有一把尺, 衡量罪惡與正義。 但是當我們執行了死刑, 我們還能保住好人與壞人之間那一點點的差別嗎?」——張娟芬,《殺戮的艱難》 … Continue reading

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Re-open the decision upholding Vui Kong’s conviction

Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer, Mr M Ravi,  filed a constitutional challenge on 27/01/2012 morning and asked the court to, inter alia, re-open the decision of Vui Kong conviction and to declare that the selection prosecution between Vui Kong and the alleged syndicate mastermind is … Continue reading

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Give Yong Vui Kong A Second Chance

by Teo Soh Lung on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:17am   Yong Vui Kong wrote in his petition for clemency: “I fully realise my mistake and I am truly repentant over my smuggling of drugs in the past. I … Continue reading

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Birthday Wishes for Vui Kong

Tomorrow (19 Jan 2012) will be Vui Kong 24th birthday. Last year, we marked Vui Kong’s 23rd birthday not knowing if he would live to celebrate another. However, thanks to his dedicated lawyers and the support of activists and the … Continue reading

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Dear Vui Kong, Happy Birthday

Dear Vui Kong, Your story has touched us all and we have you in our thoughts. We are all gathered here today to celebrate your birthday. But we are also here to remember your life and what you have done, … Continue reading

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死刑離正義有多遠? 死囚之影藉藝術省思死刑

葉章華 (東方日報) 死刑對許多人來說,是既陌生有熟悉。陌生,是因為很多人不懂,到底在犯下什麼罪後才會被判處死刑,而熟悉則是從報章上,都會看到有罪犯被法官判處極刑的新聞。 為配合第9屆世界反死刑日,隆雪華堂民權委員會及國際特赦組織,特別舉辦一個名為「死囚之影」藝術特展,讓民眾透過藝術家的作品,對死刑進行思考。 隆雪華堂民權委員會主席廖國華指出,這次藝術展,共展出12個藝術家作品,而希望透過這些作品能夠讓到場的民眾,思考死刑這個刑罰。 「死刑到底有多近,正義到底又離死刑有多遠呢?普羅大眾都不會談論死刑,反之社會精英份子都會探討這個課題,就像之前首相署所舉辦的一個圓桌會議,都有邀請一些民權分子、非政府組織等討論死刑。」 「民眾不討論死刑,也不說到底死刑好不好,是因為他們有『不會發生在我們身上』的心態,而且就算有親友被判死刑,他們也不會說出,因為擔心受到社會歧視。」 破案率比死刑更重要 他說,所以這次的展覽,就是要激起民眾的死刑的再思考,無論他們同意死刑有必要存在與否。 「而且,我們透過藝術作品讓民眾去思考死刑,是不想以強硬手段逼使民眾否決死刑,而是要把訊息帶出。」 「當然,我們的立場是廢除死刑,而且覺得死刑並沒有達到執行的目的。執行死刑的其中一個用意是要制止罪犯,但當一個人要殺另一個人的時候,因為他的衝動,他是不會去想後果。我們也認為,破案率比死刑更加重要,提出死刑這個論述,是因為執法當局已走入絕境,而且有惰性思維。」 他說,當執法單位受到社會輿論壓力、責備時,就會說死刑就是最嚴厲的刑罰。「但這其實是一種惰性,執法單位並沒有思考如何有效去制止罪案發生。以命償命是觀念,無論是東西方都有存在,但在德國就有社會學家做過研究,去訪問謀殺案受害者家屬,卻得到不一樣的看法。」 他說,研究發現一般上民眾會認為,一旦加害者被判處死刑,就已完成整個工作,但在訪問受害者家屬後,卻發現他們未必要加害者被判死刑。 「可能在事發後,受害者家屬會因為悲憤,而在霎時間覺得加害者應該被判死刑,但死刑執行後,家屬就會思考,他們有部分會認為,只要治安好,他們的家屬就不會死。所以,在歐盟,他們所提倡的是為家屬提供輔導,讓他們走過家屬被殺害的陰影,若受害者是家庭經濟支柱,還會提供他們經濟援助。因此,最重要的是協助加害者家屬,如何走過困境。」 他指出,上述的模式,重點是要協助受害者家屬,而非懲罰加害者,當然加害者也是要受到一定懲罰。 12藝術家探討生命意義 隆雪中華大會堂民權委員會副主席饒兆穎指出,這次共有12名藝術家,以油畫、裝置藝術、錄影藝術以及攝影等方式,探討死刑。 她說,是在這兩個月前,才開始邀請藝術家參與死囚之影藝術特展,而且一開始也面對許多問題,包括有很多藝術家都對死刑不瞭解。 「經過不斷聯繫,並與有意參與的藝術家討論死刑,並提供相關資料後,才有這12名藝術家,願意和我們站在一起。」 由「懺悔」角度切入 也是死囚之影策劃人之一的她表示,死刑不是唯一的刑罰,還有其他處罰的方式,因此就有藝術家從作品中探討生命的意義,而且是由「懺悔」的角度切入。 「但一個人是直接以死刑處決,他就連懺悔的機會都沒有。所以,只要民眾走完整個特展,就會帶給他們一個想法『死刑離我遠嗎?』」 她說,很多人講到死刑,並沒有去思考,只要有人說支持,他們就會盲目支持,反之,有人反對,他們也跟著反對,作出倉促決定。 「很多先進國家都廢除死刑,就算死刑依然存在,也是會留到最嚴重的罪案,才會對人判處死刑。」 「參觀特展的人,未必要決定是否支持廢除死刑,但是,在他們做決定前,應該先考慮清楚。」 她也說,死囚之影特展,是延續2010年7月,由隆雪華堂民權委員會與人民之聲成立的「楊偉光後援會」,所發起的「給生命第二次機會」醒覺運動。 她說,從楊偉光在新加坡因運毒而判處死刑,已經有民眾關注死刑,而現在則是把這項運動,轉型到社會醒覺運動。

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“In Death Row’s Shadow” Exhibition & Dialogue

Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM) and the Civil Rights Committee of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH – CRC) are organising an Anti Death Penalty Awareness month throughout the month of October. Using the concept of ‘creative activism’, … Continue reading

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Poverty and drug trafficking: a denial of mercy

By Patrick Gallahue, 7 September 2011  (original post : Open Democracy) All too often, states disproportionately apply the death penalty to the ‘small fish’ in drug trafficking organisations. That these people usually poor, often young and occasionally ignorant of the contents of … Continue reading

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Will the president save Vui Kong?

Written by Andrew Loh (31 August 2011, posted in publichouse.sg) Originally scheduled to be hanged on 4 December 2009, 23-year old Malaysian Yong Vui Kong is still alive today in Singapore’s Changi Prison. He sits on death row, awaiting the … Continue reading

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