The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemns the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan for a drugs related offence on Friday morning. Mr. Srivijayan was arrested in April 2012 for the possession of 22.24 grams of diamorphine, a pure form of heroin. He was executed despite a pending appeal to have his case taken to the International Court of Justice, which would look into allegations that he was not given a fair trial.

It said: “We deeply regret that so far in 2017, there have been at least four executions in Singapore for drugs related offences. This is an increase on previous full-year statistics. According to Singapore Prison authorities, there were two executions for drugs related offences in 2014, three in 2015 and two in 2016.

We are concerned that death row inmates and their families are given very short notice of the date of the scheduled execution. In most cases they have been notified only a few days in advance. We are also concerned that executions continue to be carried out in a secretive manner, with no public information on the number of people on death row in Singapore and little public information on the executions that have taken place.

We reiterate our position that drugs related offences are not considered as a ‘most serious crime’ under international law and should not carry the death penalty. We also reiterate previous calls to the Singaporean government to immediately instate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, which we believe has no place in the 21st century.”

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