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Campaigners Urge Clemency Ahead of Singapore Drug Executions
July 06, 2022

Campaigners Urge Clemency Ahead of Singapore Drug Executions

By Sebastian Strangio
Kalwant Singh and Norasharee bin Gous are scheduled to be executed tomorrow, part of a "new wave” of hangings in the city-state.

Malaysia Abolishes Mandatory Use of the Death Penalty
June 10, 2022

Malaysia Abolishes Mandatory Use of the Death Penalty

By Sebastian Strangio
While falling short of a total ban on capital punishment, the move is a rare sign of progress for Southeast Asia.
Another Malaysian to be Hanged in Singapore Wins Reprieve
April 29, 2022

Another Malaysian to be Hanged in Singapore Wins Reprieve

By Associated Press
The reprieve came a day after the execution of another Malaysian man in a high-profile death row case.

Singapore Executes Malaysian Man in High-Profile Death Row Case
April 27, 2022

Singapore Executes Malaysian Man in High-Profile Death Row Case

By Sebastian Strangio
A Singaporean court rejected a raft of appeals claiming that Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam had an intellectual disability and was coerced into carrying drugs.

Singapore Executes Convicted Drug Trafficker After Two Year COVID-19 Hiatus
March 31, 2022

Singapore Executes Convicted Drug Trafficker After Two Year COVID-19 Hiatus

By Sebastian Strangio
The hanging of Abdul Kahar Othman has raised activists' concerns of an impending “surge in execution notices.”

Death Penalty for Rape: An Ineffective Lethal Lottery in South Asia
January 04, 2021

Death Penalty for Rape: An Ineffective Lethal Lottery in South Asia

By Bansari Kamdar
Instead of instituting capital punishment, governments need to address the social and legal problems underpinning the region's epidemic of sexual violence.

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty
November 25, 2020

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty

By Sebastian Strangio
The region remains a global outlier in terms of the use of capital punishment.
Japan Executes First Foreigner in 10 Years for Family Murder
December 26, 2019

Japan Executes First Foreigner in 10 Years for Family Murder

By Associated Press
Japan and the U.S. are the only two of the G7 countries that continue to use capital punishment.

Drug Trafficker Case Another Test for Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan Government
November 21, 2019

Drug Trafficker Case Another Test for Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan Government

By Luke Hunt
A new case will spotlight Malaysia’s approach to the death penalty at home as well as its ties with Australia and Western countries more generally.

The Real Failure of Southeast Asia’s Drug Wars
June 18, 2019

The Real Failure of Southeast Asia’s Drug Wars

By David Hutt
Wars against drugs may be winning political campaigns, but they are losing socioeconomic battles.

Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight
May 06, 2019

Japan’s Secretive Death Penalty Poised to Take a Back Seat During Olympic Spotlight

By Thisanka Siripala
With a new imperial year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, death row inmates are likely to be spared in the coming two years.
Capital Punishment, Human Rights, and Indonesia's Chance for the Moral High Ground
April 03, 2018

Capital Punishment, Human Rights, and Indonesia's Chance for the Moral High Ground

By Jack Britton
The execution of Indonesian migrant workers highlights the need for new protections, both abroad and at home.

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