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Singapore: UN experts condemn continued use of death penalty for drug-related crimes » GENEVA (28 April 2023) – UN experts* today strongly condemned Singapore’s execution of Tangaraju s/o Suppiah on Tuesday (26) and called on the Government to impose an immediate moratorium on capital punishment in the country. Tangaraju, a 46-year-old Tamil national from Singapore, was executed despite claims that he had not been provided with adequate interpretation during police interrogations. He was subsequently convicted of drug trafficking.

Apprentice and the death penalty » Apprenticeis not an easy watch. And it shouldn’t be – it should prompt us to talk about capital punishment in Singapore.

Singapore executes a woman for first time in almost two decades » Saridewi Djamani was handed a death penalty after being convicted of trafficking 30g of heroin in 2018

Why Some Worry Singapore Drug Executions Aren’t Always Clear-Cut » “When the penalty is as harsh as the death penalty, no margin of error should be tolerated,” says one activist.

Singapore has executed a woman for the first time in nearly two decades » Singaporean national Saridewi Djamani, 45, was convicted in 2018 of trafficking over 30 grams of heroin. She is first woman to be hanged since 2004.

Singapore: Shameful resumption of executions after more than two years won't end drug-related crime » After more than two years of no executions, the hanging of Abdul Kahar bin Othman is a shameful breach of international law.

Singapore: Stop two imminent and unlawful executions for drug trafficking   » In response to news that two executions for drug-related offences have been set to take place on Wednesday 26 July and Friday 28 July, Amnesty International’s death penalty expert Chiara Sangiorgio said:    “It is unconscionable that authorities in Singapore continue to cruelly pursue more executions in the name of drug control. There is no […]

Why Tangaraju Suppiah doesn’t deserve to die | Virgin » Why Tangaraju Suppiah doesn’t deserve to die

Singapore faces criticism for use of death penalty and allegations about prisoner treatment » In April, 46-year-old Tangaraju Suppiah was executed by the Singaporean authorities after being found guilty of conspiring to smuggle cannabis. In 2022, all 11 people executed in Singapore had also been convicted of drug-related charges. However, the IBA’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) says that drug-related crimes don’t ‘meet the threshold of “the most serious crimes” for which death sentences may be imposed under Article 6(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’.

Families of the executed appeal to ‘heartless’ Singapore for change » Families call for moratorium on executions and review of the use of the death penalty in the city state.


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