Singapore must be transparent in implementation of executions

The ICJ condemned Singapore’s execution of two people today and is concerned over the Singapore government’s lack of transparency with regards to its implementation of executions.

The government does not update the list of names and number of death row inmates and often does not give death row inmates and their families adequate notice prior to executions, the ICJ notes.

“The very short notice does not allow the death row inmates and their families enough time to file last minute appeals,” said Sam Zarifi, ICJ’s Asia Director.

“Singapore authorities, by hastening executions, hinder measures that could save the lives of those on death row, and also try to minimize public outcry over the executions,” he added.

Both Nigerian national Chijoke Stephen Obioha and Malaysian national Devendran A/L Supramaniam were convicted of drugs-related charges.

Chijoke Stephen Obioha was convicted of possession and trafficking of drugs on 30 December 2008, while Devandran was convicted on 29 July 2014 for importing 83.36 grams of diamorphine into Singapore.

The ICJ opposes capital punishment in all cases without exception and considers the death penalty a violation of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

The ICJ calls on the Singapore government to publicly release the number of death row inmates awaiting execution, and the number and names of individuals who have been executed in 2016.

ICJ also calls on the Singapore government to immediately establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, with a view towards its abolition.


Emerlynne Gil, ICJ’s Senior International Legal Adviser for Southeast Asia, t: +66840923575 ; e: emerlynne.gil(a)

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