Singapore Foreign Nationals and the Death Penalty Death Penalty Overview Singapore, like the United States, is one of the world’s most developed countries to still retain and use the death penalty and has the highest per capita execution rate globally. Singapore is also one of just four countries who regularly execute people for non-violent drug offences. Singapore regularly refuses to accede to the UN moratorium against the death penalty and has even signed a statement against the resolution, stating that state sovereignty in these matters is of the utmost importance. The death penalty can be imposed for murder, terrorism and drug traf cking, though it is drug traf cking where most sentences are made. It was also available for rape and mutiny until the Penal Code (Amendment) Act of 2007. fi fi fi fi At least 44 individuals have been executed since 2013, most of whom were were foreign nationals, who were all executed for drug traf cking. Executions are carried out by hanging, the most recent of which was on 26 April 2023, when Tangaraju Suppiah, a 46-year-old Singaporean man was executed for possession of 1kg of cannabis. Year Drug Trafficking Murder Total 2016 2 2 4 2017 8 0 8 2018 11 2 13 2019 2 2 4 2020 0 0 0 2021 0 0 0 2022 11 0 11 Executions in Singapore Public discourse around the death penalty in Singapore is virtually non-existent, as it is considered a taboo subject, although many seem to believe that harsh punishments serve as effective deterrents against crimes such as murder and drug traf cking. All eight executions in 2017 were for drugrelated offences, as were 11 of 13 executions in 2018. After a two-year

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