SFD: Have independent board for clemency petition

Media Release

Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD)

25 August 2010
Singapore

Independent Clemency Board for Death Penalty Petitions

Singaporeans For Democracy (SFD) calls on the Singapore government to set up an independent board to introduce transparency for deliberating clemency petitions in death penalty cases.

SFD makes this call following the recent high court ruling that the President has no powers on clemency.

On this point we like the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to confirm that the cabinet has always been the sole decision making body in deliberating clemency petitions.

SFD notes that the last clemency granted was during the tenure of former President Ong Teng Cheong.

In the interest of transparency, SFD would like the PMO to spell out its protocol for cabinet meetings in discussing clemency petitions.

Moving forward, SFD proposes that the Singapore government convenes an independent clemency board, so that the President in future can take a decision on advice of this board. Among the task of this clemency board can include visits to prisoners for assessment.

SFD notes that the Singapore government has set up boards, committees and councils to make decisions on a wide array of policies – from wages to public transport to political films – so why not an independent Board to deliberate transparently on clemency petitions, given that human lives are at stake.

If the Government wants to execute people in the name of its citizens, then the citizens of Singapore ought to have a right to full disclosures of the government’s deliberations on clemency petitions.

Dr James Gomez
Executive Director

Mr Martyn See
Executive Secretary

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吁新国公布死囚特赦处理程序 人权组织冀增设总统咨询机构

原文:当今大马 (2010年8月25日下午 4点24分)

随着新加坡高庭早前出人意表地裁定总统没有赦免死囚杨伟光的权力,并指赦免权由内定夺定,非政府组织今天倡议该国政府,设置一个独立咨询理事会来处理死囚特赦的申请。

由新加坡政治活跃分子及前工人党领袖戈麦斯(James Gomez)所创立的“新加坡人追求民主”(Singaporeans for Democracy, SFD)表示,总统未来取决特赦申请时,应该参照这个理事会的意见。

“这个特赦组织的任务,包括探视死囚进行评估。”

该组织说明,既然新加坡政府已成立了多项探讨施政的委员会和理事会,内容从薪金制、公共交通到政治电影皆有,因此它也应该设立一个探讨商议死囚赦免申请的独立咨询机构,让死囚拥有重生机会。

呼吁内阁确认高庭裁决

也是该组织执行董事的戈麦斯,今日通过文告促请新加坡总理署确认,高庭指只有唯有内阁才有权取决特赦申请的裁决,是否属实。

“为了落实行政透明,‘新加坡人追求民主’促请总理署说明内阁会议讨论宽赦申请的作业程序。”

上次特赦由王鼎昌发出

文告引述案例,指上一次的特赦却是由总统发出。“根据我们的认知,上一次的特赦,是在前总统王鼎昌时期发出”。

另一名在文告署名的组织领袖是执行秘书施忠明(Martyn See)。施忠明也是一名电影制作人。

人民有权知道处理程序

文告指出,若新加坡政府是奉人民之名处决死囚,则人民更有权知道政府如何处理死囚的特赦申请,包括要求政府充分公开其作业程序。

现年22岁的沙巴人杨伟光在2007年因为运毒入境新加坡被捕,进而判处死刑。他本定于去年12月问吊,但拉维成功入禀法庭,暂缓死刑,并且针对新国驳回杨伟光宽赦申请的决定,提出司法审核。

拉维宣称,杨伟光的宽赦申请驳回有两项问题:首先,杨伟光申请特赦过程,新国司法部长公开点名杨伟光,说不能够放过他,涉嫌未审先判;其次,新国总检察长也宣称,宽赦与否由内阁决定,而不操之总统手上,这种说法跟宪法规定矛盾。

不过,新加坡高庭在13日的裁决,却否定了这两项理由,宣称总统没有权力裁定宽赦申请,该权力全部落在内阁手中;以及,该国司法部长在杨伟光申请宽赦过程,直言不能宽恕他的言论,并不构成歧视。

民政呼吁各国废除死刑

与此同时,民政党联邦直辖区也发文告伸援杨伟光,促请新加坡政府以宽怀之心,将杨伟光的死刑改判为终身监禁,除了带给社会温暖外,也呼吁我国朝野政党支持和帮助杨伟光,让杨伟光有机会重新做人。

民政党联邦直辖区州联委会秘书王润源今日表示,杨伟光必须向新加坡及我国警方供出所携带的毒品来源,以及供应给谁的事实。(SVKC: 伟光只是小跑腿,知道的事情有限,他也已承担责任,在庭审时给予合作供证)

“倘若毒枭仍然逍遥法外,即使杨伟光被判死刑或终身监禁;但第二,第三,甚至第四个杨伟光还会陆续出现,继续荼毒人民,这才是我们应该关心的重点。”

王瑞源也质疑,日前一名年仅16岁的少女在与非洲男友前去南非时,因被指涉嫌运毒而被逮捕,为何却不见律师和民众关怀与伸援? (SVKC : 呼吁民政党联邦直辖区州联委会成立后援会帮助任何需要伸援的弱势团体/个人, SVKC 将声援你们)

他希望,朝野政党和各界人士都应有爱心,珍惜每个人生命的重要,而最佳途径就是呼吁各国政府废除死刑。

About givelife2ndchance

Give Life 2nd Chance is a movement dedicated to work on abolish death penalty in Malaysia.
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