UN calls on Singapore to abolish death penalty
Geneva: The United Nations has called on Singapore to abolish the death penalty for two drug dealers in Singapore.
According to the Bangkok Post, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed concern over the recent death sentences handed down to drug traffickers arrested in 2008.
Office spokeswoman Rowena Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva that the death penalty for drug dealers in Singapore was not in line with international law.
He further added that the death penalty is for the most serious crimes like attempted murder etc. while the death penalty has been recognized as ineffective for eradicating crimes globally.
“We urge the Singaporean government to reverse the verdict against the two convicts and repeal its death penalty law,” Rowena said.
On the other hand, Singapore, which is known for its strict laws, has said that only the death penalty can prevent crime.
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