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)