Joint Local Statement on the death penalty case of Syed Suhail bin Syed Zin in Singapore

Position, 16.09.2020

EU Member States and Norway and Switzerland issue the following joint statement in Singapore:

The Heads of Mission call on the Singapore authorities to halt the execution of Syed Suhail bin Syed Zin, and to commute his sentence to a non-capital sentence.

The Heads of Mission oppose the use of capital punishment, which can never be justified, and advocates for Singapore to adopt a moratorium on all executions as a positive first step towards its abolition.

Today, more than two thirds of the countries of the world have become abolitionist in law or practice, which confirms a global trend in favour of the abolition of the death penalty. No compelling evidence exists to show that the death penalty serves as a more efficient deterrent to crime than imprisonment. Moreover, rehabilitation as an objective of modern criminal law is frustrated by the application of capital punishment. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible.

The Heads of Mission will continue to actively work to further the universal trend towards the eradication of the death penalty.