In 2018, a person named Saridewi Djamani, 45, was sentenced to death for distributing about 31 grams of pure heroin. This much could support around 370 users for a week, according to the Central Narcotics Bureau. Trafficking in heroin or more than 500 grams of marijuana is punishable by death under Singapore’s rigorous legal system.
Singapore’s Death Penalty Dilemma: A Global Divide
Singaporean officials insist that the death penalty is necessary to stem the flow of drugs into the country and the demand for them, despite appeals from foreign campaigners and human rights organizations. 15 drug offenses have resulted in executions in Singapore since March 2022.
A fresh execution notice for August 3rd, which will make it the fifth this year, is highlighted by opponents of the death penalty, such as the Transformative Justice Collective. Critics contend that Singapore’s strict stance unfairly targets low-level traffickers and couriers, many of whom are members of underprivileged communities. Thailand and Malaysia, two nearby nations, are abandoning the death penalty, in contrast.
The topic of Singapore’s use of the death penalty for drug offenses is still quite divisive despite increased worldwide condemnation. Many human rights groups and international supporters of human rights oppose the nation’s persistent commitment to using the death sentence as a deterrent to drug trafficking. Despite persistent calls for its abolition, Singapore should reevaluate its position on the death penalty and examine other options for dealing with drug-related problems. Concerns about morality and ethics continue to be raised by the discussion of the death sentence for drug offenses in both national and international forums.