Found 287 articles in the category "Breaking News" over 15 pages.

Think Centre’s tribute to Fong Swee Suan

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Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 7 February 2017

A pioneering leader in our struggle for independence against British rule, he was a leader of the Barisan Socialis, co-founder of the People’s Action Party, and an ardent trade unionist. Mr Fong Swee Suan left his mark on the early struggles for Singapore’s political freedom, self-determination and fight for the common workers’ dignity.

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Singapore: Stop harassing online activists and curbing online freedom

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News, Human Rights Watch, Statement on 24 June 2016

Forum-Asia and its member, Think Centre are gravely concerned about the legal harassment of two online activists, Roy Ngerng and Teo Soh Lung. They are currently under police investigation for allegedly breaching the election law by posting election related content on their Facebook account the day before the polling on 6 May 2016, widely known as ‘Cooling-off Day’. The investigation of the two bloggers is a clear attempt of the Singaporean Government to create a climate of fear, and to silence any critics, especially in online spaces. We call on the Singaporean Government to immediately cease the investigations of Roy Ngerng and Teo Soh Lung, to return their assets and to respect their right to freedom of expression. We further demand the Singaporean Government to fully implement their adopted recommendations from the first cycle of the UPR, and accept all pending recommendations from the second cycle of the UPR, including the ratification of core human rights treaties, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Stop harassing online activists and allow the freedom of expression.

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Capital Punishment: Singapore’s blatant disregard for the right to life

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Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News, Human Rights Watch, Policy Watch on 20 May 2016

The family of Kho Jabing is in anguish as they are forced to confront his death after his conviction for unintentional murder was upheld and appeals quashed. The same Apex court of 5 judges dismissed Kho Jabing appeal against his death penalty today. Think Centre strongly deplores the imminent execution of Kho Jabing today. Although amendments were made to the death penalty regime in 2012, the Government of Singapore continues its defence of the death penalty at both the national and international arena. Singapore's amended death penalty regime is deeply flawed through its failure to apply the minimum threshold required under international law. Many international law experts, academics, and human rights groups have repeatedly expressed concern that Singapore's justification for the deterrent value of the death penalty is without substance. The Government has consistently failed to produce any verifiable or credible empirical evidence in support of its position. Stripped bare of all cleverly worded language, what is left exposed, is a simple emotional appeal for retribution that serves no one's benefit except to demonstrate the overwhelming and unbearable power of the State to determine one's life and death. What is ironic is that the implementation of capital punishment is in itself, through the extensive involvement of august institutions of the Executive, Legislative and the Judiciary, a methodical and calculated act of blatant disregard for human life, par excellence.

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Statement on the current pre-sentencing treatment of Amos Yee Pang Sang

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 4 July 2015

Think Centre (TC) calls for the State to urgently review its treatment of Amos Yee before his final sentencing is confirmed. The State should immediately allow him to be transferred from his remand location at block 7 to either a suitably equipped private hospital to continue his assessment or at the minimum, to the private wards available in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), to prevent further deterioration of his mental well-being.

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Think Centre 2015 Labour Day Message

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 30 April 2015

Lets work together to make a difference to the working poor who earn S$1500 and below. This is a good time to think, to pause and reflect on building solidarity among workers and to ensure decent work and minimum wage for all. Lets call to end "survival wage" and remind those who reject the call for decent work and minimum wage to be in solidarity with the working poor. Singapore achieves phenomenal growth but productivity remains very low as employers are free to exploit local and migrant workers with low "survival" wages and long working hours. Lets call for decent work and minimum wage for all workers on this International Workers Day. Lets stop the exploitation of all workers and call for the protection of human and workers rights for all without discrimination.

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Statement on Singapore's first Prime Minister's Passing

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 24 March 2015

Today, many respect the first generation of Singaporeans and their leaders, chief among them was Lee Kuan Yew. However, as with the history of many successful leaders, these gains came at a great price.

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EU STATEMENT by the Spokesperson on the recent executions in Singapore

Posted by EU under Breaking News on 25 July 2014

The capital punishment can never be justified. The European Union opposes capital punishment under all circumstances and calls for its universal abolition.

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UNCHR VERY CONCERNED BY THE RESUMPTION OF EXECUTIONS IN SINGAPORE

Posted by United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) under Breaking News on 23 July 2014

The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) today expressed deep concerns over the resumption of executions in Singapore after 3 years of suspension, despite the overwhelming global trend towards abolishing the death penalty.

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Death Penalty: Singapore resumes executions

Posted by Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign under Breaking News on 18 July 2014

Regressive development in Asia, following the trend set earlier by Japan and Taiwan, Singapore resumes executions after an unofficial moratorium since July 2011.

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Massive leap backwards as Singapore resumes executions

Posted by Amnesty International and Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) under Breaking News on 18 July 2014

Singapore has taken a reprehensible U-turn by executing the first two prisoners since 2011, Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) said today.

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Singapore: Many unhappy with work and social realities

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 14 July 2014

The latest figures from the Central Provident Fund showed that more than half of active CPF members who turn 55 have less than the Minimum Sum in their accounts.

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Commentary: Is Singapore Still Under Emergency Rule?

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 14 April 2014

The recent enactment of the Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Act or PO-ATM Act confirms that Singapore is still possessed by the "siege mentality" and a deep sense of insecurity.

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Statement on the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 13 January 2014

The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUS-FTA) that will be considered by the European Parliament must not be promoted at the expense of human, labour, or environmental rights.

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Handling of riot aftermath exposes national laws and practices that violate international standards

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 23 December 2013

Think Centre expresses grave concerns regarding the apparent discordant gap of Singapore laws and practices in violation of international standards in the treatment and handling of migrant workers.

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Reflection on the 11th World Day against Death Penalty

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 19 October 2013

We urge the government to strongly re-consider the total abolition of the death penalty, and to institute a review every 20 years for life imprisonment cases, so as to bring us in line with more developed and progressive nation.

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TC 2013 Labour Day Message: A Fair Deal for All Workers and their Families

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 30 April 2013

Think Centre calls for the legislation of anti-discrimination laws to better protect all workers, women and migrant workers, implement minimum wage to help bridge the gap between the rich and poor.

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Social Justice in Singapore

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 9 March 2013

Many Singaporeans and migrant workers are feeling that there is a "pervasive sense of deep injustice that the weakest are being asked to sacrifice the most".

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Think Centre Congratulates Workers Party for Punggol East by election win

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 27 January 2013

Think Centre extends its warmest congratulations to Punggol East voters, the Workers' Party (WP) and its MP-elect Ms Lee Li Lian for its by-election victory.

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Think Centre's 2013 New Year Message

Posted by Think Centre under Breaking News on 1 January 2013

The Singapore economy is forecast to face weakened prospects in 2013. Without addressing the flawed fundamentals that perversely drives and underpin the economy, 2013 does not bode well for Singapore's workers and their families.

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Civil Society Statement of Solidarity on SMRT Bus Drivers' Labour Dispute

Posted by Think Centre/CSOs under Breaking News on 18 December 2012

Civil Society groups are demanding the State to redress the imbalance of power between corporations and workers. There are increasing incidents of workers stopping work against discrimination, unfair wages,and inadequate living conditions.

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