Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by yet another imminent execution of Abd Helmi bin Ab Halim in Singapore.
The imposition of the death penalty for drug crimes is and continue to be a violation of international law and are often described as unlawful killing. With the majority of the countries being considered an abolitionist state or de facto abolitionist, the application of death penalty in the modern day is highly restrictive and should only be applied to the most serious crimes which refer to cases of intentional killings. The use of the death penalty for drug crimes has long since been rejected by the international community that not only includes human rights organizations but also the International Narcotics Control Board.
Despite concerns that death row inmates are denied the right to a fair trial, Singapore continues to dismiss all allegations of the violation of fair trial and flaunt international norms with the imposition of the death penalty in dubious circumstances. The world would only need to reflect on the case of Kho Jabing who was executed in 2016 where one of the presiding judges was involved in more than one stage of his appeal.
The execution of drug mules further cements the perception that Singapore cares not for justice nor is it sincere in tackling the drug trade within the region. The execution of drug mules in defiance of international norms and issues of fair trial only proves that Singapore is keen to flex its sovereignty even when it is detrimental to the welfare of its people and international standing.
SUARAM calls for the government of Singapore to halt the imminent execution of Abd Helmi bin Ab Halim and impose a moratorium on the use of death penalty and realign the nation’s law with international law and norms.