A Blinkered Policy By Kirsten Han Singapore has often been identified as " one of the most prominent defenders of capital punishment. The mandatory death penalty is applied to various crimes such as murder and firearms smuggling, but is most often used in relation to drug trafficking, as part of Singapore's tough drug policy and the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Section 44 provides that "The Minister may, by an order published in the Gazette" add, remove, or transfer drugs among the classes. The statute's penal provisions are severe by most nations' standards, providing for long terms of imprisonmentcaningand capital punishment.
The law creates a presumption of trafficking for certain threshold amounts, e. It also creates a presumption that a person possesses drugs if he possesses the keys to a premises containing the drugs, and that "Any person found in or escaping from any place or premises which is proved or presumed to be used for the purpose of smoking or administering a controlled drug shall, until the contrary is proved, be presumed to have been smoking or administering a controlled drug in that place or premises.
The law also allows officers to search premises and individuals, without a search warrantif he "reasonably suspects that there is to be found a controlled drug or article liable to seizure". Moreover, Section 31 allows officers to demand urinalysis of suspected drug offenders.Singapore’s continued reliance on mandatory death sentences, which violate international law, has meant that dozens of low level drug offenders have been sent to death row in recent years, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.
Cooperate or Die also reveals how death penalty. The Singapore government amended the mandatory death penalty law in For all but the most serious category of murder and certain cases of drug trafficking, the amended law allowed judges the discretion to choose between death and life imprisonment with caning, a vicious punishment in which the inmate is strapped down and whipped with a long rattan cane.
The Misuse of Drugs Act is a drug control law in Singapore classifying substances into three categories, Classes A, B, Persons caught with less than the Mandatory Death Penalty amounts of these controlled substances face penalties ranging from caning (up to 24 strokes) to life in prison.
For background on the death penalty in Singapore, see Amnesty International’s recent report Cooperate or die: Singapore’s flawed reforms to the mandatory death penalty.
Topics Asia and The Pacific.
US president Donald Trump is known to have some highly questionable tastes (in both food and policies), so when Axios reported that he’s in love with Singapore’s mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking, it should raise some eyebrows.
Singapore’s attorneys are generally thought to be of reasonably high quality, and top attorneys in Singapore are able to speak out against the mandatory death penalty, although there are reports that a recent book on the death penalty by Alan Shadrake has earned some backlash.