IBAHRI condemns rise in executions in Singapore and calls for halt in enforcement


The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the increasing number of executions in Singapore, with 10 death row inmates having been executed since 30 March 2022, following a two-year hiatus.

Most of the executions were for drug-related offences, which do not meet the threshold of ‘the most serious crimes’ for which death sentences may be imposed under Article 6(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty.

IBAHRI Co-Chair, and Immediate Past Secretary General of the Swedish Bar Association, Anne Ramberg Dr Jur hc, stated: ‘The IBAHRI opposes the death penalty without exception and calls on the Singaporean authorities to suspend any pending executions of individuals on death row, to commute their sentences to imprisonment that complies with international human rights, standards, and norms, to immediately introduce a moratorium on executions with a view to abolition and to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its Second Optional Protocol without delay.’