THINK CENTRE SUBMITS HISTORIC UPR REPORT ON SINGAPORE TO UNITED NATIONS

Posted by Kong Soon Tan under Breaking News on 1 November 2010

The Think Centre (independent civil society) report seeks to highlight glaring areas where the Government of Singapore needs to do more work to remedy human rights problems and ensure compliance with international human rights standards.

UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW: SUBMISSIONS

Report of the Government of Singapore:Download Full National Report

Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review - Singapore:

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Compilation prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Singapore:

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SINGAPORE:Responses to the Recommendations:
Review in the Working Group on 6 May 2011 - Adoption in the Plenary: 22 September 2011:

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Think Centre UPR submission Download Full Report


Download Full Report Joint UPR submission


F8 UPR Submission

SIIA UPR Submission

Home UPR Submission

Maruah UPR Submission

COSINGO UPR Submission

People Like Us UPR Submission

Singaporeans for Democracy UPR Submission

CAN! and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Foundation UPR Submission

Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Human Rights in Singapore

THINK CENTRE SUBMITS HISTORIC UPR REPORT ON SINGAPORE TO UNITED NATIONS

The historic first Universal Periodic Review of Singapore is scheduled for May 2011 at the UN.

Nov 1, 2010 - Think Centre (TC), the lead political non-governmental group (NGO) in island state of Singapore, submitted its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) reports on Singapore today. In all, Think Centre submitted 2 independent reports - the first being a singular stakeholder submission, and the second being a joint submission incorporating national consultation input (with fellow civil society stakeholders). Both reports were written under challenging circumstances and aims to enhance the protections and enjoyment of human rights and democracy.

Think Centre coordinated civil society consultations provided space for concerned individuals and NGOs to share their views on human rights problems and recommendations. Besides Think Centre's records of socio-political developments in Singapore over the last decade, its report observations drew upon publicly accessible sources such as news articles, court rulings, parliamentary proceedings, relevant socio-political blogs, as well as official websites of political parties, Singapore Government and international bodies such as the United Nations.

The Think Centre (independent civil society) report seeks to highlight glaring areas where the Government of Singapore needs to do more work to remedy well-documented human rights problems and ensure compliance with international human rights standards. The reports call for the full recognition and fulfilment of Singapore's obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) especially since Singapore has ratified few UN Conventions.

Both reports broadly provide a scenario of Singapore's current human rights reality focusing on human rights problems that require urgent remedies. It is an attempt to explore opportunities to move forward in promoting fundamental human rights and to open more democratic space. These historic reports submitted by Think Centre were written without fear or favour and aimed to enhance the protection and maintenance of human rights and democracy in Singapore.

Key recommendations include calling upon the Government to:
Review and repeal outdated legislations and clauses contained within legislations that curtail fundamental freedoms,
Stop and abolish the practice of cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment such as mandatory caning and death penalty,
Convene an independent National Human Rights Institution that includes independent thematic experts and commissioners,
Ratify and ensure international core Human Rights conventions and optional protocols are enforceable,
Reform domestic law to ensure full compliance with treaty obligations and in line with international human rights standards,
Ensure all workers including migrant workers are entitled to workplace rights and other fundamental rights without discrimination

Established since 2001, Think Centre is an independent, multi-partisan,non-governmental organisation (NGO) gazetted as the first political association in Singapore. Think Centre aims to critically examine, advocate and build societal awareness on civil society issues related to political development, democracy, rule of law and human rights. In the last decade, Think Centre has been instrumental in initiating and facilitating local civil society's involvement in human rights awareness and promotion. Regionally, TC has been active on key NGO platforms and mechanisms committed to instituting fundamental human rights mechanisms and related processes.

The UPR reports will be uploaded to Think Centre's website (www.thinkcentre.org) in due course.

For media enquires, contact Think Centre spokesperson at +65 9479 1906.

Kong Soon Tan
President
Think Centre

Sources and Relevant Links:

Asia Tribune S'Pore NGO wants caning and death penalty abolished, new rights for migrant workers 03 November 2010

Deutsche Presse Agentur S'pore defends death penalty in first rights report to UN 26 February 2011

CNA Singapore's human rights record under UN scrutiny25 February 2011

Today Online SIIA submits human rights report 02 November 2010


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