The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office for South East Asia has strongly condemned the hanging of Singaporean drug convict Muhammad Ridzuan Bin Md Ali and demands Singapore instate a moratorium on the death penalty to work towards abolishing its use completely.

According to international law, the death penalty should not be used as a punishment for drugs related offences, the UN statement reads.

The UN Human Rights office stated that 4 executions have taken place in Singapore in the past 6 months alone. Singaporean prison authorities have confirmed that 7 out of 10 people executed between 2014 and 2015 were executed on drug related offences.

The UN office is also unhappy that the authorities usually inform death row inmates and their families of their execution date only a few days in advance.

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