Singapore: The death penalty - A hidden toll of executions

Singapore: The death penalty - A hidden toll of executions

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Index Number: ASA 36/001/2004
Date Published: 15 January 2004
Categories: Asia And The Pacific, Singapore

More than 400 prisoners have been hanged in Singapore since 1991, giving the small city-state possibly the highest execution rate in the world relative to its population of just over four million people. This report examines the use of the death penalty for drug offences, murder and firearms offences. It emphasizes the cruel and arbitrary nature of the death penalty and shows how it has been imposed on the most marginalized or vulnerable members of society including drug addicts, the poorly educated, the impoverished or unemployed, and migrant workers.


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