Statement by the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore on the death penalty case of Mr. Abd Helmi Ab Halim

Monday, 25.11.2019 – Tuesday, 31.12.2019


Switzerland deplores the execution of Mr. Abd Helmi Ab Halim by the Singapore authorities on 22 November 2019 and recalls its opposition to the use of capital punishment, which can never be justified. The Switzerland Embassy in Singapore calls on Singapore authorities to adopt a moratorium on all executions.

Today, more than two thirds of the countries of the world have become abolitionist in law or practice, which confirms a global trend towards abolition of the death penalty. Switzerland holds a principled position against the death penalty and is opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. No compelling evidence exists to show that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to crime more efficient than imprisonment. Moreover, rehabilitation as an objective of modern criminal law is frustrated by the application of capital punishment. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible. Switzerland will continue supporting the universal trend towards the eradication of the death penalty.

A similar statement by the EU and Norway can be found here:

EU Local Statement Death penalty case Mr. Abd Helmi Ab Halim in Singapore 

Location: Singapore