Kalwant Singh and his family will not give up, and neither should we.
Singapore’s death penalty for drug offences sees a binary between “victims” of drugs and “predator” traffickers. Nazeri bin Lajim’s experiences show that the reality is much more complex.
“Do their lives and deaths come down to these technicalities? The person who sold drugs to my brother happened to have information that was helpful to the CNB (Central Narcotic Bureau), but my brother didn’t. For this, should he die?”
“The harshness and cruelty that some have claimed is just, is not. Two wrongs do not make a right. In the end, there is only a legacy of bloodshed that posterity may not even want on their hands anymore.”
“Its really crazy to think that we earn a few hundreds as a drug worker or a runner and we get a death sentence, no second chance no life imprisonment.”
“Here we have a real life person, and you cannot ignore that. It might be slightly different if the consequences were not so dire, but given that they are so dire, frankly I am surprised that the AG is pursuing this appeal.”
Imprisoned for the first time when he was a teenager, Abdul Kahar has been scheduled for execution at the age of 68. By this point, he has spent more of his life behind bars than as a free man.
Transformative Justice Collective is alarmed by the persistence of the Singapore Prison Service in scheduling so many executions in such a short period of time.
This “abnormality of mind” exception was introduced in 2012. Here, we explore this exception and its impact for people on death row with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities.
Excerpts from exchanges between Singapore’s state representatives and the CERD on human rights, race, drugs and the death penalty.