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Statement by the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore on the increase of judicial executions in Singapore in 2018
The Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore takes note of the publication of the Singapore Prison Service's (SPS) annual statistics for 2018, and notes with concern the worrying increase in the number of judicial executions, which have risen from 8 in 2017 to 13 in 2018. The Embassy further notes that a majority of the cases (11) are related to drugs offences.
Statement by the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore on the death penalty case of Mr. Micheal Anak Garing
The Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore calls on the Singapore authorities to halt the execution of Mr. Micheal Anak Garing, to commute his sentence to a non-capital sentence and 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. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible. Switzerland will continue supporting the universal trend towards the eradication of the death penalty.
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