For the first time in over two decades, Singapore is due to kill a woman this week, sparking new calls for an end to the death penalty in the Asian nation.
Human rights organizations are claiming that Saridewi Djamani, 45, a national of the country, will be executed on Friday after being found guilty of trafficking 30 grams of heroin in 2018.
According to Singaporean legislation, trafficking more than 15 grams (less than 1 ounce) of heroin or more than 544 grams (1.2 pounds) of marijuana carries the death penalty.
The last woman hung in Singapore, according to Kirsten Han of Transformative Justice Collective, a non-profit that campaigns against the death sentence there, was Yen May Woen, a hairdresser, in 2004.
Djamani’s impending execution will occur less than 48 hours after the nation hung Mohammed Aziz Hussain, 56, in Changi Prison in Singapore, according to Han, who spoke to the Associated Press this week.
Han said that Hussain received a death sentence in 2018 for distributing about 50 grams of heroin.