South East Asia

UN HUMAN RIGHTS: SG MUST BAN DEATH PENALTY, OFFENDERS DON'T DESERVE TO DIE

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemns the execution of Malaysian national Prabagaran Srivijayan. It noted the increase of executions in Singapore and was concerned about how they are conducted in "secretive" manner. "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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VIETNAM DECLARES 2 LOCAL WOMEN HAVE CONTRACTED ZIKA VIRUS

On 5 April 2016, Vietnam reported its first two cases of Zika infections. The virus has been linked to thousands of rare birth defect in Brazil.

According to Vietnam’s Health Ministr, a 64-year-old woman in the beach city of Nha Trang and another woman, 33, in Ho Chi Minh City fell sick in late March. After three rounds of tests, it is has been confirmed that they are Zika-positive.

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