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.
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.
The call for applications for ThinkSwiss Scholarships 2020 is now open! A unique chance for students enrolled at Singapore universities to spend up to three months in Switzerland and redefine your research thinking at a Swiss university. Send your application until 15 January 2020.
This year the Embassy will be presenting “Die göttliche Ordnung” by Petra Volpe at the 28th European Union Film Festival which will be held at National Gallery Singapore.
The movie won the Swiss Film Award 2017 and the Best Screenplay 2017.
Drama | Swiss-German with English Subtitles | 96 minutes | R21
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Following the success and the enthusiasm of the young players, the Embassy of Switzerland and Sport Singapore are jointly organizing the Switzerland-Singapore Football Festival, on Saturday, 21 April 2018 at the Kallang Field.
The tournament will bring together 300 junior football players (boys and girls) from both local and international schools accompanied by their parents and supporters.
The Festival promotes passion for sports among kids from 10 to 12 years old from local and international schools as well as members of the Active SG Football Academy.
Thank you to our partners and sponsors: Active SG, Bukit Timah Constituency and Credit Suisse!
From 12 to 26 March 2018, the Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion - a 33 meter-long ketch and currently the tallest sailboat under Swiss flag - will stop in Singapore as part of The Ocean Mapping Expedition.
This 4-year journey around the world in the wake of Magellan combining science, education and culture run by the Geneva-based non-for-profit Fondation Pacifique left Seville in April 2015 and is scheduled to be back in Spain in August 2019. The aim of this unique project is to contribute to a better understanding of the human impact (noise and micro plastic pollution, greenhouse gases monitoring, coal bleaching) on the oceans and to raise awareness about sustainable development issues.
Coming from the Philippines, Brunei, Kuching and before heading further to Jakarta, Fleur de Passion will be accessible for free public visits.
Statement on the death penalty case of Mr Billy Agbozo and Mr Hishamrudin bin Mohd
Switzerland is saddened by the news of the execution of Ghanaian national Mr. Billy Agbozo by the Singapore authorities on 9 March 2018 and recalls its opposition to the use of capital punishment.
Switzerland, further calls on Singapore authorities to halt the execution of Singaporean national, Mr. Hishamrudin bin Mohd, scheduled to be executed on Friday 16 March 2018 and to commute his sentence. We have repeatedly called on Singaporean authorities to adopt a moratorium on all executions - as have the EU with its member states and Norway (EU Statement).
Switzerland holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty and is opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. The death penalty is cruel and inhuman, and has not proven to be a deterrent to crime. Switzerland is therefore committed to continue working towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide. The global trend is towards abolition and Switzerland encourages Singapore to join the growing community of nations which have abolished the death penalty.
The Embassy of Switzerland together with the Alliance Française is delighted to invite the French language lovers to celebrate the Francophonie Festival from 10th to 27th of March 2018.
The Festival starts out with The Francophonie Day 2018. Join us at the Alliance Française to meet-up with the French-speaking world while enjoying Francophone culture through culinary specialties. On Saturday, 10th March, 3-6 pm, the Swiss Embassy will be serving Swiss Raclette thanks to the generous support of Huber’s Butchery.
Save the date for the film screening “Un Juif pour l’exemple” by Swiss director Jacob Berger.
Location: Alliance Française, 1 Sarkies Rd, Singapore
Interested in studying in Switzerland? Join us at the upcoming edition of the Swiss Education Fair (SEF) to learn more about Swiss universities and private schools. The Embassy of Switzerland and the Swiss Business Hub ASEAN are pleased to present the 9th edition of the fair which will be held on Saturday 24th February, from 11am to 6pm at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre.
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Switzerland’s presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2017-18, the Embassies of Switzerland and Israel are pleased to present the photo exhibition: The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors.
The exhibition features 14 moving portraits of Swiss Holocaust Survivors.
It gives a say to the last witnesses of the Holocaust and their descendants. Each unique portrait touchingly individualizes the history of the Holocaust and preserves it for future generations. The portrayed individuals stand for all those people who survived the Holocaust and have found a new home in Switzerland.
Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman travelled to Switzerland on 18th December 2017 for an official visit. He met up with his Swiss counterpart, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. This trip rounded up a series of high level meetings held on the occasion of the celebrations of the 50 years diplomatic relations between Singapore and Switzerland.
In exactly one year from today, on 10 December 2018, Switzerland together with the international community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 70 years after its adoption, remains of unequivocal relevance. Human rights are a necessity for our societies, an invaluable ingredient to boost peace and stability and to foster sustainable development. Human rights are at the heart of the values represented by Switzerland and its political model, which is founded on the principles of democracy, non-discrimination, gender equality, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect among people having different religious, linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Switzerland calls upon its partners to join it in making this Human Rights Day 2017 a day of unequivocal relevance for the promotion and the protection of human rights.
Continued human rights violations and abuses all over the world
Bern, 23.10.2017 - The international community came together in Geneva today to mobilise funds for the Rohingya. Since August this year, more than half a million people have been forced to flee violence in Myanmar and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Given the extent of this humanitarian crisis, Switzerland has decided to increase its financial contribution to CHF 8 million. Switzerland reiterates its call upon the government of Myanmar to respect international law and, in particular, to protect human rights and also calls for the perpetrators of violations to be brought to justice.