Founded in 2005 by Mr. M Ravi, Singapore’s renowned human rights lawyer, the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) consists of individuals who believe that capital punishment and retributive justice does not have a place in our society.
Ever since its founding, SADPC has fronted various campaigns against the sentencing of various death-row inmates. We organise forums, film screenings, and other activities to raise public awareness, and to call for public action. We are part of Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN), a regional coalition of groups and individuals working towards the abolition of death penalty in Asia and the world.
Why are we against the death penalty?
Death is irreversible, and there is a risk of executing the innocent – It is well documented worldwide that many innocent individuals have been wrongly accused and executed. The wrongful execution of an innocent person is an injustice that can never be rectified.
We do not believe that the death penalty is an effective deterrent – Advocates for the death penalty hold the strong belief that the death penalty serves as an effective deterrent against crimes. However, this claim has not been backed by any criminology studies.
The death penalty is the most premeditated of murders – Every step towards the execution has been carefully planned and calculated, with the purpose to end the life on an inmate. This makes the death penalty the most premeditated of murders, even though it is done in the name of justice. Two wrongs do not make a right, and killing the perpetrator will not reverse the result of a crime.