3 December 2005

Rest in Peace

I was too upset to post last night.

I don’t usually get into politics in my blog, but hey it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to. Yesterday, a young Melbourne man, who did a bad thing for a good reason, was executed in Singapore. Despite the pleas of the Premier, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister and so on. Despite the fact that Singapore is a first world country, and despite the fact that the death penalty is a clear breach of international human rights law.

Vigils were held, candles were lit, prayers were said. And the young man died.

Rest in peace, Van.

9 comments:

telfair said...

I watched the news coverage yesterday, too, unable to believe it was really happening. All week long it just felt like a big clock was draining time away and I couldn't even imagine how his mom, brother, and he himself were holding up, waiting for that terrible end. It was so, so tragic and needless and sad.

halloweenlover said...

I only found one article on it, saying that he was drug trafficking. So terribly sad. When you said it was for a good reason, why was he trafficking?

I sometimes cannot even watch the news because it breaks my heart.

Kali said...

R.I.P.

Miss Eagle said...

I keep two blogs - The Eagle's Nest for my rants and raves and The Trad Pad for the lovely things. I have blogged about Van's death on The Eagle's Nest. I shed quite a few tears yesterday. Let's keep the feelings so that we can develop a momentum so that people can be punished without the ultimate destruction, the taking of human life.

jak said...

I have not followed this story- but you are right-this is your blog and you may cry if you want too...

I know it's not the most opened minded thing to do- but I have stopped watching the news-it's just so bent!

Now I'm off to get informed- sometimes it's not good to not be informed..

Sharon said...

I have felt depressed about this all week...

Suse said...

Dear Halloweenlover, he trafficked the drugs to raise money for his identical twin brother's surgery.

SueeeuS said...

I don't even know what to say. So young. So tragic. I'm sorry.

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine how it must have felt to have been Van's family at 6am in Singapore. How horrifying. Although I find capital punishment barbaric, primitive and archaic, I just have to mention that it wasn't for his brother's surgery that Van was smuggling heroin, it was to pay off his brother's gambling debts. The one thing I am glad of is that the heroin never made it to Australia - we don't need more of that killing kids on the streets.

Van did not deserve to die. But he should have been aware of the laws in Singapore, especially when he's trafficking such a large amount of heroin. It was such a large risk to take.

Sadly enough, Singapore are advocates for international human rights law and yet have not applied these laws to their domestic law. That is, they've signed the agreements but not made the statutes.

It's a crying shame.