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

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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

Afghanistan executes 5 criminals involved in kidnapping, murder in Herat

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An Afghan official says authorities have executed 5 members of a criminal group behind several kidnappings and murders in the western province of Herat.

The convicts were executed at Pul-e-Charkhi prison in the capital, Kabul. 

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said Wednesday that Askar Anwari, a former member of the provincial council in Herat was among the 5 who were hanged.

Rahimi says the executions were carried out after 3 appeals courts and President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the death sentences of the 5. 

The group had been involved in the kidnapping and murder of a deputy head of a construction company, as well as other illegal activities.

In May 2016, Ghani approved the executions of 6 suspects convicted on terrorism charges.

Source: radio.gov.pk, December 2, 2017


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