Found 224 articles in the category "Features" over 12 pages.

Think Centre's 2021 Human Rights Day Message

Posted by Think Centre under Features, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Education, Statement on 11 December 2021

The United Nations have dedicated this year's theme to upholding the ideal of “Equality: Reducing inequalities and advancing human rights”... The past two years since the pandemic broke out have exacerbated existing inequalities; whatever is left of our fundamental freedoms were also severely threatened... In our 2015 commentary, Think Centre highlighted the extensive and lingering presence of repressive draconian laws... it would have been unimaginable to think the situation could worsen.... the introduction of POFMA and FICA... only reflect the adversarial and suspicious attitudes and lack of faith in the citizenry by the incumbent political leaders...

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Singaporeans Need A Revitalized Social Contract

Posted by Think Centre under Features, Policy Watch, Opinions on 10 August 2017

Our island state was founded more than 50 years ago on the basis of “one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation”. .. Half a century later, these very ideals have been eroded to the point where the livelihood of citizens are threatened ... wealth inequality has not improved in the last 5 years and income growth has slowed across the board except for the wealthiest. No matter how much assistance the government gives, there will always remain a segment of the population that cannot catch up. This is when social expenditure of the government must increase. .. The current exploitative nature of work is unsustainable where its workers clocked 2,371.2 hours in 2016, the longest in the world. .. It is ironic that the hardworking and old Singaporean workers cannot afford to retire even after a lifetime contributing to the nation’s economy. .. what then is the social contract of Singaporeans with regard to its employers and government?

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News letter from FORUM-ASIA featuring one of our own.

Posted by Think Centre under Features, Opinions on 2 June 2016

Adrian, like many civil society activists in Singapore, is a volunteer. He helps out with Think Centre, a long time member of FORUM-ASIA, which is gazetted by the Singapore Government as a political organisation. "...for lasting, long term effect to take place, I realised personal sharing in a safe space and one to one working out of arguments and disentangling of misconceptions to be most satisfying and effective. This has been facilitated a lot by social media and I am trying to reach out just to friends and relatives that I know personally. Only when one is willing to expose one’s vulnerability will the other party do the same."

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Commemorate International Criminal Court at 10

Posted by Think Centre under Features on 3 October 2012

Think Centre invites ASEAN, Singapore, and all concern civil society stakeholders, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the International Criminal Court.

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Jolovan Wham: Champion for the rights of the migrant Workers

Posted by Jolovan Wham under Features on 16 January 2012

Jolovan Wham delivers the acceptance and thank you speech at Think Centre's Human Rights Defender's Award Ceremony. Think Centre honoured the social worker for migrant rights with the human rights defender award.

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UPR Report: S'Pore NGO wants caning and death penalty abolished, new rights for migrant workers

Posted by under Features on 8 March 2011

Calling the practice of caning and death penalty as inhuman, in its latest reports, Think Centre also recommended to S'Pore government to review and repeal outdated legislations and clauses contained within legislations that curtail fundamental freedoms.

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New Hope for Yong Vui Kong

Posted by Marwaan Macan-Markar under Features on 9 February 2011

Vui Kong was only 19 when arrested in mid-2007 under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He was sentenced to death in December 2009. Critics question the rationale of forging ahead with mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers in Singapore.

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Posted by Samir Amin under Features on 6 February 2011

The movement is that of urban young, particularly holders of diplomas with no job, supported by segments of the educated middle classes, democrats.

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Thai Parliament to debate dropping death penalty

Posted by Danthong Breen under Features on 31 December 2010

The death penalty is counter to the rule of law and respect for the human rights due in a democratic society. Slavery, the mutilation of prisoners and, increasingly, torture have been banished from judicial systems. The death penalty too has had its day.

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Must Yong Vui Kong die?

Posted by Josh Hong under Features on 3 August 2010

Yong Vui Kong from Sandakan, Sabah, is a typical Chinese Malaysian dropout who did not make it to secondary school. His "bosses" ask him to deliver a gift to a Singapore customer. He was just past 18 years when caught with 47g of heroin by Singapore officers.

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UNSR highlights issues for review

Posted by under Features on 30 April 2010

There may be no institutionalised racial discrimination in Singapore, several policies have further marginalized of certain ethnic groups. This is a situation that must be acknowledged and acted. The task of enhancing the enjoyment of human rights in the Singaporean society must be borne by all - the Government, citizens, residents and civil society organisations.

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Commemorating the 2nd World Day of Social Justice

Posted by under Features on 20 February 2010

In marking the 2nd World Day of Social Justice (on 20 February), the ITUC is calling for an end to the prevailing neo-liberal model of economic globalization.

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Blurring state and party lines

Posted by Seah Chiang Nee under Features on 20 February 2010

Grassroots organisations (with nearly 30,000 community workers) which interact and organise activities in the HDB estates are actually part of the ruling PAP. They are publicly-funded and overseen by the People's Association, a government statutory board under the Ministry of Community Development,the community workers are supposed to be non-partisans.

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Welfare in Singapore: The stingy nanny

Posted by under Features on 16 February 2010

The government is leery of generous handouts, fearing they might undercut the work ethic while burdening taxpayers. But the thinness of the safety net also reflects a widespread article of faith, recited and reinforced over the years.

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10th Anniversary of Think Centre

Posted by under Features on 7 August 2009

Extending beyond domestic issues, we have worked with NGOs from the region to discuss and facilitate cooperation within ASEAN.

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Time to move towards abolition of the death penalty

Posted by under Features on 11 October 2008

10 October 2008, on World Day Against the Death Penalty, Think Centre joins Amnesty International in the call to establish a moratorium on the death penalty immediately. Its time for Singapore to set a moratorium on executions!

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JBJ Indomitable spirit lives on

Posted by Sinapan Samydorai under Features on 30 September 2008

Think Centre had the honour of working with and for JBJ in 2001. He was the champion spokesperson for those that did not have a voice in parliament for the weak, the downtrodden and the poor!In an age where a million dollars are demanded to serve the nation, JBJ parted with a million dollars to serve his people.

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Five lives lost, no one responsible?

Posted by under Features on 10 June 2008

Who is responsible for the senseless deaths of the five young Singapore men. Did the sports authorities in Singapore closed one eye to flagrant disregard for basic water sport safety - allowing the sportmen to join dragon boat races without life jackets?

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Interim Singapore Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

Posted by Sinapan Samydorai under Features on 21 September 2007

The Singapore Working Group is progressing from Interim to Pro-tem Working Group and calls itself the Singapore Working Group for ASEAN.

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ASEAN Civil Society Conference

Posted by under Features on 22 August 2007

3rd ASEAN Civil Society Conference(ACSC3)is being organized by the SAPA Working Group on ASEAN, 1-3 November 2007, in Singapore.

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