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Singapore's under fire for execution restart

Singapore's under fire for execution restart

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:26 AEST

The hanging of two convicted drug smugglers in Singapore has been described as a step backwards by rights advocates.

On Friday, Singapore carried out its first executions in more than three years, after two men were hung for drug-related offences.

In late 2012, Singapore's Parliament adopted amendments to abolish the death penalty under certain circumstances and a number of people have had their death sentences reviewed since.

Presenter: Sen Lam

Speaker: Sinapan Samydorai, Director of ASEAN affairs at Singapore's research organisation, Think Centre

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