Q&As: Kirsten Han, anti-death penalty advocate in Singapore

In the third of the DPRU's (Death Penalty Research Unit, University of Oxford, Faculty of Law) series of Q&As with death penalty experts from around the world, Kirsten Han, an anti-death penalty advocate in Singapore, tells DPRU Research Officer Jocelyn Hutton about her current work and about her involvement in the case of the recently executed Nagaenthran Dharmalingam . Can you tell us a little bit about the work that you do in relation to the death penalty? A lot of my contribution to the campaign to abolish the death penalty in Singapore has to do with storytelling, since that fits with the skills that I have as a writer and journalist, and because abolitionist perspectives, or any in-depth coverage of capital punishment, are missing from the local government-controlled mainstream media. I write about death row prisoners and the experiences of their families, try to humanise this issue. For many Singaporeans, it’s so distant and so abstract that it’s very easy to dismiss; so

Iran: one man stoned to death in Mashad

December 26, 2008: One man was stoned by the mullahs' judiciary in Behesht-Reza cemetery in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran.

Another prisoner, identified as Mahmoud, managed to get out of the hole. According to mullahs' penal codes he will not be stoned to death for the second time. The two men were sentenced to death by stoning at the same time. A local judge sentenced the prisoners to death by stoning in Khorasan's province Fifth Circuit Court.

According to sources in Iran, two men were stoned to death in Mashhad, while a third man managed to rescue himself by pulling himself out of the hole.

Sources: NCRI, IHR, 30/12/2008

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