Whereas journalists try to stay impartial and neutral all through all of the occasions that unfold internationally, this author can not help however really feel saddened, disenchanted, and offended on the disintegration of justice that passed off in Singapore this morning, on April 27, 2022.
Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a 34-year-old Malaysian nationwide arrested on drug expenses in Singapore, has been executed regardless of worldwide pleas for clemency because of his mental disabilities.
We beforehand coated Dharmalingam’s final enchantment in opposition to the execution, when some 300 Singaporeans gathered in an area park to protest town state’s draconian narcotics legal guidelines and capital punishment.
Malaysians and Singaporeans react.
IMAGE: EPA / New Straits Instances
Scrolling by Twitter and Instagram, it is simple to gauge simply how persons are feeling about Dharmalingam’s execution. Some folks might absolutely assist capital punishment (everybody has a proper to their very own opinions), nevertheless, it is clear as day that the Malaysian was merely a sufferer who didn’t know any higher.
With an IQ of 69, Dharmalingam is technically acknowledged as intellectually-disabled, in keeping with worldwide human rights legal guidelines. His execution additionally poses a direct violation (relying on whether or not you consider he counted as disabled or not) of the UN Conference on the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities (CRPD), which Singapore ratified again in 2013.
The nation has additionally violated the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which it has but to signal.
Here is what lawmakers, attorneys, activists, NGOs, suppose tanks, personalities, and on a regular basis Malaysians and Singaporeans are saying on social media:
Screenshot courtesy of @itsraenu_ / Instagram.
We are going to proceed to sentence and push for the abolition of the demise penalty, in Malaysia, Singapore and any a part of the world that also practices this draconian regulation.
Opposite to standard perception, solely few folks on demise row are serial killers or “hardcore criminals.” https://t.co/UpGdClyZYw
— Dashran Yohan 🏴✊🏿 (@dashranyohan) April 27, 2022
2. Nagaen’s demise won’t hinder drug kingpins, who won’t ever face the demise penalty, a lot much less see the within of a courtroom. In the meantime, their networks proceed to systematically recruit marginalised, determined, or weak people like Nagaen to do their soiled enterprise.
— Lim Yi Wei 林怡威 🇲🇾 (@LimYiWei4MY) April 26, 2022
1. Whereas we name out Singapore’s merciless and inhumane execution of Nagaenthran, we have to be reminded that the demise penalty continues to be alive in Malaysia. We should renew requires the abolishment of the demise penalty in Malaysia, particularly for medication associated offences.
— Beatrice Chin (@Beatricecyx) April 27, 2022
In Singapore, it is enterprise as regular. After a 2 yr suspension, they executed Abdul Kahar final month (30 March). This morning they executed a mentally disabled Malaysian, Nagaenthran. Datchinamurthy Kataiah is the following Malaysian scheduled to be hanged this Friday.
— Goh Cia Yee 🏛 (@gohciayee) April 27, 2022
We’re heartbroken over the state-sponsored homicide of Nagaenthran this morning. We’re offended over the insistence of the Singaporean judicial system, the inaction of the President of Singapore, and the silence of the Malaysian authorities. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/y9g3TA6nKp
— SUARA #ABOLISHTHEDEATHPENALTY (@suara_my) April 27, 2022
“You might break us, however not defeat us. Our battle in opposition to the demise penalty continues.” Om Shanti, might your soul relaxation in peace. pic.twitter.com/034zpO1ssA
— M.Ravi (@MRavilaw) April 26, 2022
Nagaenthran, a mentally disabled man frm Malaysia ws executd this morning in Singapore.
Could his household discover energy & braveness to go thrgh this ordeal.
The demise penalty hs & won’t ever be a deterrent.
Relaxation in peace Nagaenthran. You dont hve to undergo anymore.#RIPNagaenthran
— Kasthuri Patto (@PattoKasthuri) April 27, 2022
We reside in a completely disgusting world, the place intellectually challenged people are taken benefit of by drug lords & so referred to as progressive governments homicide these people who don’t know any higher. You’ve gotten blood in your palms that you may by no means wash off, Singapore. https://t.co/CMKEejzB03
— Simitha Singam – சிமித்தா சிங்கம் (@tsimitha) April 27, 2022
BREAKING: Nagaenthran Dharmalingam has been executed.
His identify will go down in historical past because the sufferer of a tragic miscarriage of justice.
Hanging an intellectually disabled man as a result of he was coerced into carrying lower than 3 tablespoons of diamorphine is clearly unjustifiable🧵 pic.twitter.com/j3t5YSpn1C
— Reprieve (@Reprieve) April 27, 2022
Whereas we clearly do not condone the trafficking of medicine, it is necessary to notice that almost all drug mules are merely victims of circumstance, not intentional criminals.
Relaxation in peace, Nagaenthran.
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