For the first time in 20 years, Singapore will execute a woman on narcotics charges.

Human rights activists claim Singapore is about to execute a woman for the first time in over 20 years.

Saridewi Djamani, a Singaporean national, was found guilty of trafficking 30g (0.03oz) of heroin in 2018.

She will be the 15th drug offender to be executed since March 2022, following fellow Singaporean Mohd Aziz bin Hussain.

Singapore has some of the strictest anti-drug regulations in the world, which it claims are vital to protect society.

 

Aziz was found guilty of smuggling 50g of heroin. Singapore has a death punishment for trafficking more than 15g of heroin or 500g of cannabis.

Tangaraju Suppiah, another Singaporean, was hanged in April for trafficking 1kg (35oz) of cannabis that he never touched. Authorities claim he coordinated the deal over the phone.

When contacted by the BBC, Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) denied to comment on Djamani’s case.

The CNB previously stated that Aziz received “full due process” and that his appeal against his conviction and sentence was dismissed in 2018.

British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has once again chastised Singapore for its executions, claiming that the death penalty is ineffective as a deterrence to crime.

“Small-scale drug traffickers require assistance because most are bullied as a result of their circumstances,” Mr Branson remarked on Twitter.

He claims that it is not too late to avert Saridewi’s execution.

According to the Transformative Justice Collective, a Singapore-based human rights organization, Saridewi is one of two women on death row in Singapore.

According to the group, she will be the first woman hanged by the city-state since hairstylist Yen May Woen in 2004. Yen was also charged with cocaine trafficking.

According to local media, Saridewi stated during her trial that she was stockpiling heroin for personal use during the Islamic fasting month.

While she did not deny selling drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine from her flat, judge See Kee Oon remarked that she understated the scale of such operations.

Authorities maintain that tough drug laws keep Singapore one of the safest locations in the world, and that capital punishment for drug offenses is widely supported by the population.

However, opponents of the death penalty reject this.

“There is no evidence that the death penalty has a unique deterrent effect or has any impact on the use and availability of drugs,” said Chiara Sangiorgio of Amnesty International in a statement.

“The only message that these executions send is that Singapore’s government is willing to once again defy international safeguards on the use of the death penalty,” she said.

According to Amnesty International, Singapore is one of just four countries that have lately carried out drug-related executions, along with China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

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