Death Penalty in Singapore

An interesting and informative article on the death penalty in Singapore, posted as part of World Day Against the Death Penalty.


It lies in the east of the island between a commercial airport and a military air base that both shares its name. It was in its former life a Japanese POW camp. It is where drug mules and murderers are hanged. In the small city-state of Singapore, Changi Prison is synonymous with the death penalty.

Today is the World Day against the Death Penalty. Singapore is one of 40 countries that still practice corporal punishment. It had until recently the highest number of executions per inhabitant in the world. It is estimated that since 1990, more than 420 death row inmates have been executed. Most are sentenced on drug related offences, although firearm offences and murder also warrants the death penalty. In the summer of 2011, the Singaporean government undertook a general review of its death penalty laws. During the review all death penalty cases were deferred.

In 2012, Minister Teo Chee Hean…

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