The European Union Delegation to Singapore in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission, and the Heads of Mission of Norway and Switzerland issue the following statement:
The European Union (EU), Norway and Switzerland call on the Singapore authorities to halt the execution of Nigerian national Mr Chijioke Stephen Obioha and to adopt a moratorium on all executions as a first step towards the abolition of the death penalty.
The EU, Norway and Switzerland hold a principled position against the death penalty and are opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. The death penalty has not been shown in any way to act as a deterrent to crime. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible. The EU, Norway and Switzerland will continue in their pursuit of the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.