FIDH calls for Singapore to halt its execution of Prabagaran Srivijayan

Paris, 12 July 2017 - Singaporean authorities must halt the execution of Prabagaran Srivijayan, FIDH said today. Prabagaran, a 29-year-old Malaysian national, is scheduled to be executed by hanging on 14 July 2017.

“Singapore must immediately halt the execution of Prabagaran Srivijayan and put an end to all executions in the country. It is disturbing that Singapore continues to impose mandatory death sentences for drug-related crimes, which do not meet the threshold of the ‘most serious crimes’ under international law,” said FIDH President Dimitris Christopoulos.

On 22 September 2014, Singapore’s High Court imposed a mandatory death sentence on Prabagaran for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, after he was found in possession of 22.24 grams of heroin on 12 April 2012. On 2 October 2015, the Court of Appeal dismissed Prabagaran’s appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Singaporean authorities have never allowed Prabagaran’s attorneys, N Surendran and Latheefa Koya, who were hired by Prabagaran’s mother in January 2017, to visit him in Changi Prison. Authorities did not provide any reason for this denial. The denial of Prabagaran to meet with his legal representatives falls short of international fair trial standards. According to General Comment No. 32 concerning Article 14(3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), “in cases involving capital punishment, it is axiomatic that the accused must be effectively assisted by a lawyer at all stages of the proceedings.”

Prabagaran has spent more than five years in prison, including almost three years awaiting execution.

International law reserves the death penalty for the “most serious crimes,” a threshold that international jurisprudence has repeatedly stated drug-related offenses do not meet.

If Prabagaran is hanged, it will be the fourth documented execution in Singapore since the beginning of the year. On 17 March 2017, Singaporean authorities executed an unknown individual. On 21 April 2017 and 19 May 2017, Singaporean authorities executed Jeffrey Marquez Abineno, 52, and Muhammad Ridzuan, 31, respectively, for drug trafficking. While the government publishes annual statistics on the total number of executions, it consistently fails to make public announcements concerning upcoming hangings and does not reveal the number of prisoners on death row.

FIDH, a member of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (WCADP), reiterates its strong opposition to the death penalty for all crimes and in all circumstances. FIDH calls on the Singaporean government to reinstate the moratorium on executions that was lifted in July 2014, and to make progress towards the abolition of capital punishment for all crimes.

 

 

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9 Responses to “FIDH calls for Singapore to halt its execution of Prabagaran Srivijayan”

  • Great Asia:

    Funny lor, why these human rights group don’t call for the USA and its allies to stop killing innocent Muslims?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    I am no big fan of PAP but on this drug issue. Death Penalty is the way to give a strong signal to these drug dealers. All these good doers should go and visit those families that had been destroyed by drugs.

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  • Think again:

    PAP has the mandate:
    I am no big fan of PAP but on this drug issue. Death Penalty is the way to give a strong signal to these drug dealers. All these good doers should go and visit those families that had been destroyed by drugs.

    Have you read Alan Shadrake’s book -Once a Jolly Hangman?

    Have you visited the families of those executed?

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Please study the whole judicial system beside the death penalty…

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  • Ah Fah:

    PAP has the mandate:
    I am no big fan of PAP but on this drug issue. Death Penalty is the way to give a strong signal to these drug dealers. All these good doers should go and visit those families that had been destroyed by drugs.

    I find it hard to accept the thought that we should protect our loved ones by killing another human being. It is against common sense and is nauseating.

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  • Bapak:

    No doubt about it bro, but if his lawyer is denied access to him SG Judicial credibility goes south all the way. Are there loopholes they cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt he must be executed? The practise of police state is extremely disturbing.

    Don’t get me wrong, I support strong and stiff punishments on drug pushers, but I also believe in everyone should given a fair trial.

    PAP has the mandate:
    I am no big fan of PAP but on this drug issue. Death Penalty is the way to give a strong signal to these drug dealers. All these good doers should go and visit those families that had been destroyed by drugs.

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  • RDB:

    Remember to the end of your lives that it is all about the Cambridge double honours graduate LKY’s icy cold logic of:

    “It is better to to be practical than to be legal and logical”

    And so when their jail sentencing for drug trafficking didn’t slow down small time drug tracking as his desired effect, he then included this i his MDP Mandatory Death Penalty Act.

    Remember Vu Yui Kong who pleaded that he had trafficked drugs to pay for his mother mental treatment? No clemency was ever given even though it was his first offence. And his drug supplier got away Scott free?He was hanged. And so LKY bragged the following year how drug tracking had somehow dropped!

    He has always ruled by cold hard logic much like Mao of China etc dictators. But then in today’s world high academic achievers, why is does such archaic old mentality exist? Dirt politics because their own flesh and blood are not involved.

    Just like his PM son only removed the Estate Duty when is was known that his mother was surely dying. not to benefit so that their asset & wealth will not be known worldwide and financially too? Fact is that they as government had been asked to remove the Estate Duty but the would not for tax collecting. Though they were told that many who inherited from parents or family were unable to pay the Estate (death) duty. Does this PAP government truly care about working class Singaporeans? Yet they overwhelmingly 70% voted for them – poor & rich too? Why? Ignorance & their beneficiaries? To then be played out when Mrs. LKY nee Kwa Geok Choo died?

    Singaporeans are not 70% uniquely daft as LKY had labelled them as? They are not morally corrupted along with them knowingly or unknowingly daft? Singaporeans are a from 3rd to 1st world LKY had bragged he did it in his book of the same words?

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  • RDB:

    And funny hor. Exactly 999 characters left in my this post. Mere coincidence? 999 is SPF hotline. the joke is thus on who and from where? Thought I should just share this for any conclusion anyone might draw to each his own.

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  • Amos defeated Lee empire:

    PAP has the mandate:
    I am no big fan of PAP but on this drug issue. Death Penalty is the way to give a strong signal to these drug dealers. All these good doers should go and visit those families that had been destroyed by drugs.

    no signal is sent…the cases keep piling up. THe deterrent is not working

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