Singapore: Statement by the Spokesperson on recent executions
In the past ten days, Singapore has executed five more prisoners for drug related offences. The last two executions took place today, bringing the total number of reported executions in Singapore to ten this year.
The European Union strongly opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent to crime and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.
The European Union will continue to work for the abolition of the death penalty in the few remaining countries that still apply it. Over the last 10 years, no executions took place in 162 Member States of the United Nations, which represents 84% of their total number.
The European Union is concerned by the large number and rapid pace of executions carried out by Singapore this year, where a large number of prisoners are at imminent risk of execution.
The European Union calls on the Government of Singapore to urgently commute the sentences of prisoners currently on death row to non-capital punishments and to institute a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its ultimate abolition.