Singapore: Cruel punishment

Singapore: Cruel punishment

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Index Number: ASA 36/003/1991
Date Published: 31 July 1991
Categories: Asia And The Pacific, Singapore

This papers describes Amnesty International's concerns about the caning of prisoners in Singapore. Two cases are described. Qwek Kee Chong was given 48 strokes of the cane on 8 April 1988: he had been convicted on four charges of armed robbery in November 1987, after pleading guilty at a trial where he was not defended by a lawyer. The second case is taken from a report which appeared in "New Paper" on 12 October 1988, in which a businessman describes the experience of been caned (he was aged 17 at the time). During the period 1988-89, 1,218 prisoners were caned in Singapore, 234 of these were foreign nationals.


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