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Malaysians & Singaporeans react to Nagaenthran Dharmalingam's execution

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.

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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Cowl picture sourced from Sarmila Dharmalingam / The Related Press (by way of The Indian Categorical) and Reuters / New Straits Instances.