05 Feb '11, 12pm

Singapore tops executions per capita country list

Singapore tops executions per capita country list

Figures released by the UN secretary-General report assessing capital punishment shows that during 1991-1999, Singapore recorded 13.57 executions per one million population while Saudi Arabia, with 4.64 executions per one million population, was a distant second. But such numbers are far from conclusive, because the Singapore government has always been “secretive about the number of executions,” says Lance Lattig, a South-east Asia researcher at Amnesty International. “Singapore might or might not be in the first place (today) when it comes to executions per capita,” Lattig said in an e-mail interview. “Either way, the government’s secrecy about its record on executions suggests that this is one indicator Singapore isn’t entirely proud of.” Critics question the rationale of the country forging ahead with a mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers and murderers – while ...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/02/05/singapore-tops-ex...

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