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Thoughts on changes to the death penalty in China.

Kirsten Han / The Supreme People’s Court of China, who took back the right to review every death sentence handed down by lower courts four years ago, has released its annual report, ordering death row inmates to be given a 2-year reprieve. (This does not apply to those cases where the courts have decided that … Continue reading

Letters from Vui Kong – The Sixth Letter : Friendship and Hope

Yong Vui Kong is a death row inmate in Singapore. He was arrested at age 19 with 47.27g of heroin, convicted of trafficking and sentenced under the Mandatory Death Penalty. His final appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 4 April 2011. He can now only plead for clemency from the President (acting … Continue reading

A letter to the Workers’ Party

Dear Workers’ Party, We wish to send our congratulations to the Workers’ Party of Singapore for having 6 of your members elected into the Parliament. It is indeed a good sign of the party’s progress. May you continue your good work and be successful in fulfilling your promises of being the alternative voices for Singaporeans. … Continue reading

Letters from Vui Kong – The Fifth Letter : The Honest Law

Yong Vui Kong is a death row inmate in Singapore. He was arrested at age 19 with 47.27g of heroin, convicted of trafficking and sentenced under the Mandatory Death Penalty. His final appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 4 April 2011. He can now only plead for clemency from the President (acting … Continue reading

A Prayer for Sam

13 May 2011: 6 years ago today, Shanmugam Murugesu was executed at 6am in Changi Prison. We send our love and thoughts out to his twin sons and the rest of his family on this difficult day for them. ♥ With these families in our thoughts, we gather our strength and courage to continue on … Continue reading

NGOs form a coalition against the death penalty in Malaysia

Kirsten Han / Six NGOs, together with the cooperation of the Malaysian Bar Council and certain Members of the Malaysian Parliament, have come together to make a stand on the use of the death penalty in Malaysia. A forum held in Kuala Lumpur on 11 May 2011 was the first in a series of events to be organised … Continue reading

Letters from Vui Kong – The Fourth Letter : Studying Buddhist Philosophy

Yong Vui Kong is a death row inmate in Singapore. He was arrested at age 19 with 47.27g of heroin, convicted of trafficking and sentenced under the Mandatory Death Penalty. His final appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 4 April 2011. He can now only plead for clemency from the President (acting … Continue reading

Forum – Review the Mandatory Death Penalty on Drug Mules / Drug Traffickers

A forum on the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking in Singapore and Malaysia is being held in Kuala Lumpur on 11 May 2011 at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. The forum will feature the following speakers: Mr M Ravi (Yong Vui Kong’s counsel), YB Gobind Singh Deo (Member of Parliament), … Continue reading

One of Their Own – A community asks for a second chance

Kirsten Han / The rain came down in a steady drizzle, and the water streamed down from the tarps sheltering the stalls in the Johor Jaya pasar malam. But a small crowd gathered at the corner of the market, lending their support to a forum organised by the family of Cheong Chun Yin, in the … Continue reading

Letters from Vui Kong – The Third Letter : A Changed Heart

Yong Vui Kong is a death row inmate in Singapore. He was arrested at age 19 with 47.27g of heroin, convicted of trafficking and sentenced under the Mandatory Death Penalty. His final appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 4 April 2011. He can now only plead for clemency from the President (acting … Continue reading