Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to Mandatory Death Penalty (27 Aug, 7pm)

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) and Think Centre (TC) have come together to organise a public consultation to discuss the proposed changes to the mandatory death penalty announced on 9 July. The following are the details provided on their event page on Facebook:

Apart from catalyzing public discourse on the proposed changes, the organisers aim to gather and present feedback from this public consultation to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Law for their consideration.

These are some questions which we will be discussing at the forum:

1) Are the proposed changes significant enough?
2) How effective is the mandatory death penalty as a deterrent?
3) Are the proposed reforms too stringent, causing only a small minority of cases to benefit?

The speaker line-up for this event includes:

1. Professor Walter Woon
David Marshall Professor of Law, Centre for International Law, NUS
Former Attorney-General (2008-2010)

Topic: How charges are laid and the exercise of prosecutorial and judicial discretion.

Professor Walter Woon is currently the David Marshall Professor of Law at the Centre for International Law. Between 1997 and 2006, Prof. Woon served in a number of diplomatic capacities, including Ambassador to Germany, Greece, the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the Vatican. Professor Woon was the Attorney-General from 2008-2010, and has also been the Chairman of the Singapore International Law Society from 2006 to the present.

2. Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss
Head of Law Committee, National Solidarity Party

Topic: A closer look at the mandatory death penalty

Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss is the head of the National Solidarity Party’s Law Committee. Currently the Vice-President of NSP, Jeannette contested the Mountbatten SMC in the 2011 General Elections. A practicing lawyer, Jeannette has also spearheaded NSP’s free Legal Clinic initiative, bringing legal advice to Singaporeans who do not have the means to hire a lawyer.

3. Sinapan Samydorai
Director of ASEAN Affairs, Think Centre

Topic: Human rights perspectives on the proposed changes

Sinapan Samydorai is currently the Director of ASEAN Affairs of Think Centre and the former President of Think Centre (2001-2010). Samydorai is a pioneer who moved TC as a civil society organization to promote public awareness on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and embarked on advocacy on specific issues like death penalty, labour and migrant workers rights, and to approach national issues from a human rights perspective.

4. Rachel Zeng
Human Rights Activist, Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

Topic: Observations and experiences from working with capital cases in Singapore

Rachel Zeng is a human rights activist in Singapore who is currently focused on the issue of the death penalty. She believes in many things, including the dignity of human life, the right of all human beings to hold opinions and the freedom to voice out opinions regardless of whether they are in-line with what the authorities say. Since late 2009, she has been working to campaign against the death penalty with her fellow activists in the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign.

Moderator: Ravi Philemon

Venue: Emerald Room 1, 4th Floor, Bayview Hotel 30 Bencoolen Street Singapore 189621
Date: 27 August 2012
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Registration at 6.30pm, program starts at 7.00pm)

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