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DO SOMETHING: On April 4, Yong Vui Kong’s third appeal against his death sentence was rejected.
Yong Vui Kong’s last hope is clemency from the President of Singapore, who can grant this only on the advice from the Cabinet.
From now until 17 May 2012, take part in this regional campaigning activity by collecting signatures in your local community to ask the Singapore authorities to stop Yong Vui Kong’s execution!
Yong Vui Kong was only a teenager when he was found guilty of carrying 47g of heroin from Malaysia into Singapore and was sentenced to death in January 2009.
In Singapore there is a mandatory death sentence for all drug trafficking cases involving more than 30g of heroin leaving judges no discretion to consider factors such as age, background of the offender or other special circumstances.
In January, Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer submitted an appeal application stating that Yong Vui Kong should not be executed because of unequal treatment by the Attorney-General’s Chambers. This is because while Yong Vui Kong has been sentenced to death, the 26 charges brought by the Attorney-General’s chambers against his boss (a Singaporean alleged to have organized the crime) have been withdrawn.
This was the third appeal for Yong Vui Kong, and was rejected was rejected because “it has absolutely no merit on the law and on the facts”. The ruling said that the appeal contained “mere assertions” and some were “contrary to evidence”.
Yong Vui Kong has already spent over four years on death row, and now, his last hope is clemency from the President of Singapore, who can grant this only on the advice from the Cabinet.
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Send a letter to the President of Singapore and the Foreign Minister of Malaysia by adding your name below! We will deliver all the letters to authorities by post and copies will be sent to The Online Citizen (an alternative news source for Singapore) with your details appearing as below.
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We are looking for young people living int he Asia Pacific to involve their friends and local community by organizing a campaign activity to collect signatures! If you collect more than 50 signatures and send the petition papers back to us, we will send you a certificate for organizing this activity!
Here is how to do it:
- When you add your name below, select ‘I want to collect signatures in my local community’ for the question ‘Would you like to do more?’
- We will send you petition papers by email, and you should print as many copies as you think you may need.
- Organize the logistics of your activity (it doesn’t have to be fancy, and make sure you have all the required permits!)
- Collect signatures on the day of your activity, and take photos if possible!
- Scan or take a photo of the petition papers with signatures, and email it to email@example.com.
What are you waiting for? Add your name NOW!
I am appalled by the news that Yong Vui Kong’s third appeal application against his death sentence was rejected on 4 April.
Since Singapore imposes a mandatory death sentence for all drug trafficking offences involving more than 30g of heroin leaving judges no discretion to consider factors such as age, the background of the offender or other mitigating circumstances, Yong was sentenced to death when he was found guilty of carrying 47g of heroin from Malaysia into Singapore.
He was only 19 years old when he committed the crime, and he has spent over four years on death row.
Therefore, I urge you to:
Thank you for your attention.
[your full name]