Joint Statement: Halt imminent executions in Singapore and Indonesia

We the undersigned human rights organisations, and concerned human rights defenders condemn the imminent executions of Kho Jabing in Singapore and at least 15 individuals – which apparently includes 4 Chinese nationals, 2 Nigerians, 2 Zimbabweans, 1 Senegalese, 1 Pakistani and 5 Indonesian nationals – in Indonesia. We call on the authorities of the two countries to halt the impending executions.

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#Mercy4Jabing – Fundraising Call

After months of waiting, we found out that Singapore’s Court of Appeal have decided to uphold Kho Jabing’s death sentence after all.

The decision was a devastating blow to Jabing’s mother Lenduk and his sister Jumai. There are no more legal avenues open to Jabing – his only hope is for the Cabinet of the Republic of Singapore to advise the President to grant him clemency.

It is a long shot, but Jabing’s family are ready to try. And as long as they are willing to keep fighting, we will continue to support and help them however we can.

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WBSC’s Individual Report for Singapore’s UPR 2016

 In June this year, We Believe in Second Chances submitted our individual report to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as part of the stakeholder’s report that will be taken into consideration during the Universal Periodic Review which Singapore will be undergoing in January, 2016.
Our report provides a statistical overview of the death penalty regime since the amendments were brought into force in 2013. Various problems with the death penalty regime such as the lack of a statutorily prohibition against the execution of the mentally ill and the lack of sufficient notice given before the execution were highlighted.

The following recommendations were made:
  • Recommendation 1: The number of offences punishable with death should be reduced as far as possible. The state should take concrete steps towards abolition of the death penalty.
  • Recommendation 2: The MDP should be removed for all offences, and judges be given full discretion in deciding whether to impose the death sentence, as an interim step towards abolition of the death penalty.
  • Recommendation 3: The execution of those who are mentally ill at the time of execution should be statutorily prohibited.
  • Recommendation 4: The Cabinet should be statutorily or constitutionally required to consider the offender’s personal representation in deciding whether to grant clemency.
  • Recommendation 5: The government should:
    • Make available statistics and other factual information regarding the death penalty as stated in the accepted recommendation during the last UPR; and
    • Facilitate independent criminological studies on the deterrent effect of the death penalty compared to alternative punishments such as life imprisonment.
  • Recommendation 6: The government should provide at least 2 months of advanced notice to inmates and their families before executions.

Our report can be accessed here: WBSC_INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATION REPORT (UPR)

UPDATE: Funding for #SaveJabing

When we heard that Jabing’s clemency petition had been rejected, we launched a fundraising appeal to raise money to fly his mother Lenduk and sister Jumai to Singapore, as well as to campaign for his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment.

We are grateful that many friends and supporters of We Believe in Second Chances and the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign came forward to contribute towards the expenses that would be incurred in the struggle to save Jabing.

As of 16 November we have raised $4,305.


 

As promised, we will be releasing updates as to the funding situation, and what our expenses have been:

Flights: $844.11
We flew Jumai and Lenduk from Miri to Singapore on 26 October. When Jabing’s execution date was scheduled, we flew his cousin Juliah from Miri to Singapore so that she could provide support to both Jumai and Lenduk. When Jabing’s execution was stayed, we flew Juliah home to Miri so that she could get back to work. We have also flown Jumai, Lenduk and a representative from Second Chances to Kuala Lumpur to engage with Malaysian human rights groups and campaign in Malaysia.

Accommodation: $1,151.24
We booked the family accommodation in a hostel in Singapore, and had to extend their stay in the hostel a few times.

Other travel costs: $213.05
These costs include taxi costs that were incurred in the course of the campaign, such as taxi rides to meetings with lawyers, or to court. Some compensation was also given to volunteers in the event they had to take a taxi to the hostel to meet the family, or had to go home late at night after meetings.

Food and other expenses: $1,135.88
This includes meals as well as other expenses such as medication for Lenduk, top-ups for SIM cards and an allowance to the family for their needs while in Singapore.

Legal: $20
Although Mr Chandra Mohan is taking on Jabing’s case pro bono, we are hoping to cover other legal expenses such as the costs that come with swearing affidavits, filing fees, photocopying and other administrative costs.

For Jabing: $174.60
This is for costs incurred that are directly related to Jabing, such as the clothing that the prison wanted his family to buy for his pre-execution photo shoot.

We still have a little over $700 for the #SaveJabing campaign and for his family. We anticipate more costs in terms of flights – in case other trips to Malaysia are required for the campaign – and accommodation, as well as legal costs and other expenses.

If you would like to support our efforts, please get in touch with either Second Chances (contact@secondchances.asia) or the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (rachelabsinthe@gmail.com) to find out how you can donate/contribute to the campaign.

Apart from contributions to these running expenses we are also accepting pledges in case the worst happens and we do not succeed in saving Jabing. In that case, the family might require assistance in terms of funeral/repatriation costs. Pledging means that you are allowing us to call on you and rely on the amount you have pledged when the need arises.

For a Singapore without the death penalty.