Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dean Hor Speaks on Death Penalty and Public Opinion in Singapore

Credit: The Online Citizen
"Singapore can no longer use majority support as the reason for not abolishing the death penalty"
Martha Soezean
The Online Citizen
15 December 2016
Speaking in a panel of a public forum held on last Friday (9 Dec) , Michael Hor, Dean of the Faculty of Law in University of Hong Kong, said that with the results from the survey, "Public Opinion on the Death Penalty", the Singapore government can no longer support the use of death penalty by claiming it has majority support of the Singapore population.
     While Roger Hood, the Professor Emeritus of Criminology at Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, spoke on the ambiguity of the death penalty and how the general public change their impression of the death penalty when probed further about the implications of the punishment.
     Along with Mr Hor and Professor Hood, Chan Wing Cheong, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore; Jack Tsen-Ta Lee, Assistant Professor at the School of Law, Singapore Management
University; Tan Ern Ser, Associate Professor of Sociology and Academic Adviser to Social Lab,
Institute of Policy Studies and Braema Mathi is founder and former president of MARUAH were present at the panel.
     The survey on Public Opinion on the Death Penalty conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in April to May 2016, showed support for mandatory death penalty by Singaporeans is much lower that what have been inferred from previous surveys which sought opinion about the death penalty in general... Click here to read the full article.

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