At 6:00am before the sun rose in Singapore today, an Australian citizen, Van Nguyen, was hanged to death for his crime of heroin trafficking. This is the first Australian citizen to be condemned to death for 12 years, with Australia rejecting the use of the death penalty in 1973. Singapore has a zero-tolerance stance to drug crime, and as such, as soon as Van was found with drugs strapped to his body his fate was sealed. His crime was heinous there is no doubting that, but there can also be no doubt that death is disproportionate to any crime. I was born and have grown up in a country and have never known the death penalty. I don't understand the barbarity involved in justifying an individuals murder in the name of the state. I don't understand how people can convince themselves that the death of a criminal is just, right, and achieves anything.