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Stop Hoo Yew Wah's death sentence

Hoo Yew Wah was arrested at just 20 years old in Malaysia. He was locked up for having drugs on him. Today, he’s on death row.

This cruelty isn’t right – let’s get clemency for Hoo Yew Wah now.

While on death row, Hoo Yew Wah has written about his childhood in a  disadvantaged community; leaving school at 11 and later working as a street cook. He understands his past decisions were wrong.

“I have to accept responsibility for my past actions … My friends lived a luxurious lifestyle and I wanted the same,” he says.

“If given a chance, I want to prove that I have changed. I want to look for a proper job and spend my life taking care of my mother.”

Hoo Yew Wah’s life hangs in limbo. His application for clemency has been with the Sultan of Johor since 2014 and remains unanswered.

In July 2018, the Malaysian authorities announced a review of the country’s death penalty laws. This is a real chance for Hoo Yew Wah to be given a second chance.

This is where you come in - to stand with Hoo Yew Wah and support him.

We’ve helped people like Hoo Yew Wah before. In March 2016 the Sultan of Selangor granted clemency to Shahrul Izani Suparman, who was sentenced to death for drug trafficking in 2009.

Call on the Malaysian authorities to commute Hoo Yew Wah’s death sentence.

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  Our Petition


Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
Sultan of Johor State, Malaysia

Your Majesty,

Please support the request for commutation of the death sentence imposed on Hoo Yew Wah.

Hoo Yew Wah was convicted of drug trafficking. He was presumed to be trafficking and was sentenced to the mandatory death penalty in 2011. He was just 20 years old at the time of his arrest; he is now 36 and repented for his offence.

The mandatory death penalty, the imposition of the death penalty for drug-related offences, and the use of ill-treatment and coercion, are all violations of international law.

I am now supporting Hoo Yew Wah’s plea to be given a second chance. Please intervene with the Pardon Board of Johor state and support his pardon application, as well as the commutation of all death sentences in the country.

Yours sincerely,