Death Penalty: Singapore resumes executions

Posted by Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign under Breaking News on 18 July 2014

Regressive development in Asia, following the trend set earlier by Japan and Taiwan, Singapore resumes executions after an unofficial moratorium since July 2011.

Death Penalty: Singapore resumes executions

The Singapore Working Group on the Death Penalty Statement on executions carried out on the 18th of July 2014.

The Singapore Working Group on the Death Penalty deeply regrets, and is gravely disappointed at the executions of two individuals that took place today, 18th of July 2014. Inmates Foong Chee Peng, 48, and Tang Hai Liang, 36, were hanged at dawn this morning. Both men were convicted of drug trafficking.

These two executions brings to an end the moratorium that has been in place since July 2011, when the government commenced an internal review of the mandatory death penalty laws. This review took place without any public consultation nor has it been made available for public scrutiny. Subsequently, the changes were passed by Parliament in the exact form proposed by the government in July 2012, despite various warnings about their potential problems.

We also wish to highlight that there is an ongoing application filed by another drug offender before the Supreme Court, challenging the validity of section 33B of the Misuse of Drugs Act because it violates Article 12 of our Constitution. The hearing is fixed before the Court of Appeal on the 18th of August later this year.

Given the fact that the constitutional challenge to the amendments could have a potential bearing on the lawfulness of Foong and Tang's executions, it was deeply unjust to have executed them before the constitutional challenge was decided.

The injustice is compounded by the fact that we had written to the President and the Minister of Home Affairs yesterday to highlight this situation and urged for an urgent stay of execution until our courts have decided on this constitutional challenge at the very least.

Finally, the executions are a regrettable step backwards for Singapore. The death penalty has not been proven to be a more useful deterrent against crime than alternative forms of punishment. Moreover, once carried out, miscarriages of justice cannot be remedied.

We therefore reiterate our calls for the government to impose a moratorium on all executions and move towards the abolition of capital punishment in Singapore.

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Singapore Anti Death Penalty Campaign
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First published by The Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign Statement on executions carried out on the 18th of July 2014


The 2nd Chance Statement on executions carried out on the 18th of July 2014
18 July 2014

Think Centre Death Penalty Undermines Human Dignity And Right To Life
11 July 2012

Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Narcotics Bureau
Statements by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Narcotics Bureau on the executions

Central Narcotics Bureau
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Ministry of Home Affairs
Statement by MHA in response to media queries regarding capital punishment

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