July 22, 2022, 01.33 PM

Prominent local rights campaigner Kirsten Han told AFP that Nazeri had spent most of his life struggling with drug dependency, starting from the age of 14.

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“If we really cared about the well-being of people who use drugs, we would have given Nazeri and others like him meaningful support and space for recovery,” said Han.

“Instead, he was punished with incarceration over and over again throughout his life.”

After a hiatus of more than two years, the city-state resumed executions in March with the hanging of a Singaporean drug trafficker, and activists fear more will be carried out in the coming months.

The execution in April of Malaysian trafficker Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam sparked international outrage due to concerns that he was mentally disabled.

In a recent BBC interview, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam defended Singapore's position on the death penalty, saying there was “clear evidence that it is a serious deterrent for would-be drug traffickers”.

The United Nations, however, says that globally, the death penalty has not proven to be an effective deterrent and is incompatible with international human rights law, which only permits capital punishment for the most serious crimes.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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