Found 279 articles in the category "Human Rights Watch" over 14 pages.

Think Centre: Singapore, Halt Imminent Execution of Prabagaran Srivijayan

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Posted by Think Centre under Human Rights Watch, Policy Watch, Human Rights Education, ASEAN Watch, Statement on 13 July 2017

Think Centre condemns the imminent execution of Prabagaran Srivijayan scheduled for 14th July 2017. Prior to his arrest, Prabagaran was a 24-year-old young migrant worker who crossed the border daily from Johor (Malaysia) to work in Singapore in order to support his family... The presumption of guilt in such cases, which violates the right to a fair trial in international human rights law, also means that those who maintain their innocence like Prabagaran will never fit into the criteria. We are concerned that clemency pleas may not be heard by the entire cabinet, and based only on the recommendations of standing/ad hoc committees whose constituents are unknown to the public. ...many executions are carried out in secret, raising questions about the government claims about the efficacy of the death penalty in deterring crimes.

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Think Centre urges Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist two Singaporeans in unlawful extended detention in Malaysia

Posted by Think Centre under Human Rights Watch, ASEAN Watch on 29 June 2017

Think Centre is concerned about the prolonged detention of two Singaporean females, Ms. Quek Chin Fern and Ms. Cheryl Lim, in Johor’s Kluang Prison. They were arrested earlier this month on 19 June 2017 for shoplifting offences and were both sentenced to serve one day of imprisonment on 22 June 2017. However, despite completing their sentence, they have yet to be released by the prison authorities due to the Immigration Department of Malaysia’s intervening to extend their detention. Ms. Quek has reportedly suffered a dislocated arm since her detention however no adequate medical attention has been provided by the Malaysian authorities. It is also disturbing to learn that the Singapore’s High Commission has reportedly expressed reluctance to provide the necessary consular assistance to Ms. Quek and Ms. Lim on the basis of non-interference with another country’s matters.

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Local and International groups express solidarity for the families of executed prisoners in Singapore

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Posted by Think Centre under Human Rights Watch, Policy Watch, Statement on 26 November 2016

We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the shameful execution of a Nigerian national, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, and a Malaysian national, Devendran a/l Supramaniam in Singapore on 18 November 2016, which runs counter to global trends towards abolition of capital punishment. We remain appalled that Singapore continues to execute people in contravention of international law and standards. We would like to express our regret and share in the disappointment of the families of the executed men. We oppose the use of capital punishment in all circumstances, as a violation of human rights which can never be justified under the flawed assumption that it has a unique deterrent effect.

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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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MEDIA STATEMENT BY ALMOS ON THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

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Posted by Think Centre under Human Rights Watch, Policy Watch, Human Rights Education, Statement on 11 December 2015

As Singapore prepares to engage other United Nations member states on its human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in January 2016, it is clear that much more needs to be done by the government to properly address human rights issues, including to engage Singaporeans on the meaning of human rights in an inclusive society. The Alliance of Like-Minded CSOs in Singapore (ALMOS) is particularly concerned by the government�s overly-broad citation of �national security� in response to questions on the human rights impact of its practices. Citizens are not given a clear indication of the parameters of these security concerns; nor are they provided with convincing evidence that what the state practices is in proportion to the supposed security risks. It has also failed to explain how national security necessitates the turning away of refugees who have been persecuted in their home countries.

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Singapore: Stop Hiding Behind Old Excuses

Posted by HRW under Human Rights Watch on 3 February 2012

Singapore's claims of exemption from human rights standards are just lame excuses for abuses. The people of Singapore deserve the same rights as everyone else, not more clever stories justifying government oppression.

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UN's Human Rights Review of Singapore

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 9 May 2011

The Government of Singapore reiterated that the enjoyment of human rights must be "balanced" with people's obligations, yet it fails to concretely outline where the State's obligations lie in ensuring the full promotion and protection of human rights for all living in Singapore

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UN Rights Body Should Press for Fundamental Freedoms

Posted by HRW under Human Rights Watch on 6 May 2011

Singapore claims exceptionalism as a way to dismiss international criticism of laws and practices that block meaningful access to free speech, association, and assembly.

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Singapore: Hocus Pocus Hides Rights Abuses

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 6 February 2011

The government's intolerance of criticism was on full display in the case of the author Alan Shadrake. Shadrake, a British national, was convicted on contempt of court charges for "scandalizing the judiciary," and sentenced to six-weeks in prison and ordered to pay a significant fine. His case is on appeal.

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Singapore:Textbook Example" of Repressive State

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 23 January 2010

"As Singapore begins to emerge from the international financial crisis and focuses on elections that are likely to be held later this year, the government should act to improve its poor human rights record" Human Rights Watch

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Defamation case threatens press freedom

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 30 November 2009

The government of Singapore has a history of using civil defamation actions to stifle political opposition.

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Singapore: Three tiers of censorship

Posted by Martyn See under Human Rights Watch on 29 November 2009

In Singapore, every time politically sensitive subjects are raised in public, there is great uneasiness that one's phone is being tapped, emails monitored, movements and speech recorded. This climate of political fear creates a culture of self - censorship, even on the internet.

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People remember 21 May 1987

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 4 June 2009

On 21 May 2009, marks the 22nd anniversary of "Operation Spectrum", a group of concerned Singaporeans gathered at the Speakers Corner to speak out against the treatment of detainees without trial under the ISA.

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Singapore takes hard line on protests

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 4 June 2009

The government can use the law to deal with any outbreaks of public frustration as the recession leads to more job cuts and shrinking pay cheques.

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Rights group criticizes S'pore defamation suits

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 4 June 2009

Bankrupt Singaporean citizens are prohibited from running for office and may not travel abroad without the government's permission.

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The Workers' Party opposes the Public Order Bill.

Posted by Sylvia Lim, NCMP under Human Rights Watch on 14 April 2009

The change in definition of "assembly" and "procession" is more disturbing. As the Explanatory Statement to the Bill says, these words are no longer restricted to gatherings of 5 persons or more. This means even ONE person alone can constitute illegal assembly, thus giving the State complete control over an individual citizen's freedoms.

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Singapore: Executions defy global trend

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 24 January 2009

Think Centre calls for moratorium on death penalty. The government is urged to remove the mandatory death penalty for possession of drugs. Any humane criminal justice system will not continue to justify the retention of the death penalty which is based on retribution. Death penalty is a practice from the past like torture and slavery must be rejected by all.

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Ban on outdoor demos eased at Speakers Corner

Posted by Sue-Ann Chia under Human Rights Watch on 22 November 2008

Singapore's political liberalisation takes a small step forward with outdoor demonstrations being permitted at Speakers' Corner [1 September 2008].

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Singaporeans find their voice in financial crisis

Posted by under Human Rights Watch on 19 October 2008

THEY clapped and cheered, about 600 of them, in the biggest outdoor rally tightly-controlled Singapore had seen in years.

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