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I thought Asia was legalizing cannabis, so why are they still hanging people for cannabis possession?

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I thought Asia was legalizing cannabis, so why should someone die for her?

back in 2018, Thailand made waves around the world by becoming the first Asian country to legalize marijuana.

For decades, Asia has been known for being home to some of the toughest and deadliest drug laws in the world. However, Thailand seems to have stepped up and set the stage for the rest of the region to follow suit. But among all Asian countries, Singapore I’ve always taken a black or white approach to drug use. Lion City The death penalty The government thinks it’s helping to keep its people safe, but isn’t it time they changed their old approach?

It is very disappointing to see that while the rest of the region and the world have long debated how to reform their drug laws to keep up with research and modern times, Singapore has remained the same. It was a 46-year-old Singaporean named Tangaraju Suppiah He was sentenced to death in Changi Prison For attempting to smuggle about 2 pounds of weed into Singapore in 2013. Sobia was accused of working with two others to bring in marijuana even though he never received the drugs he supposedly ordered.

The move has been strongly condemned, and rightly so, by human rights groups around the world, especially at a time when Singapore’s neighbors are already beginning to adopt a more flexible approach to drugs, even decriminalizing them. While human rights groups tried to stop the execution, the government did not budge; The man’s sister revealed to the media that her family obtained a death certificate after his death on April 26, 2023.

There were many things that went wrong as well. According to Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, there was a lack of evidence for Sobia’s sentencing because the evidence available was “far from clear — since he had not touched the marijuana in question, he was questioned by police without a lawyer, and denied Access to a Tamil interpreter when requested,” the reports Al Jazeera News. The news site also says that Amnesty International referred to the execution as “unlawful” because it violated international law.

Amnesty International opposes all death penalty cases and there is no exception.

the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights He does not believe the death penalty is effective in preventing crime. Their statement read: “The death penalty is still used in a small number of countries, largely because of the myth that it deters crime.” “We have concerns about due process and respect for fair trial guarantees. The UN Human Rights Office calls on the authorities not to proceed with his execution.” Despite this, Singapore continued to execute Suppiah.

It’s not rocket science

Debate and debates about the death penalty and the death penalty must continue. There’s no reasoning behind it, and it’s not complicated at all. The death penalty is completely immoral, there is no doubt about that. In the time we live in, more countries are abandoning the death penalty each year than imposing it. This harsh way of punishing drug traffickers must end.

In addition, these defendants are rarely given the right to due justice. Innocent people are always harmed, even if a country’s justice system is really developed – like the one in Singapore. You cannot undo a death sentence, unlike sending someone to prison.

The United Nations General Assembly has said that there is no evidence that the death penalty is effective in deterring crime. It is up to our policy and leaders to make sure that the death penalty is abolished once and for all. There is simply no point in continuing this immoral and immoral way of punishing people for drug trafficking, especially for the countries of the East and the Middle East, if they refuse to see the science supporting decriminalization and legalization laws in the West and even in Latin America.

Alternatively, accused or convicted persons could instead be rehabilitated so that they can return to society as productive people. Besides, millions of people around the world are already dependent on marijuana to live a healthy and normal life or to help make chronic diseases more bearable. Whether it is for physical or mental ailments, the components of cannabis have been shown to be beneficial. Countries that still do not want to accept research should focus instead on rehabilitation or at least drug reform because the death penalty is not necessary to protect a country from crime.


MalaysiaSingapore, next door, has just passed major law reforms that would abolish the mandatory death penalty for drug offences. As the rest of the world moves forward to legalize marijuana and get rid of the death penalty, the fact that Singapore has just executed a man for trafficking marijuana – and shows no signs of remorse or has any plans to abolish the death penalty – is disappointing to say the least.


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