CAN’s statement on the assault on Amos Yee

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The Community Action Network is deeply alarmed at the recent attack on Amos Yee.

Yee was assaulted, in broad daylight, outside the State Court yesterday. It appears no one attempted to stop or pursue the assailant. Photographs of Yee shortly after the attack show that he suffered some bruising to his eye. It is unclear if he was sent for a physical examination or offered medical support following the incident.

In addition to the physical attack, Yee has been subject to weeks of verbal abuse on the Internet. The language used is often aggressive and emotional. One commenter – allegedly, a grassroots leader – said Yee’s penis should be severed and stuffed into his own mouth. Others hoped he would be raped in prison. Still others have suggested that he deserves a beating. No government official has spoken up or condemned the violent language. It would not be a stretch to say that their refusal to do so might have contributed to yesterday’s assault.

Given the rhetoric against Yee, and the numerous threats to his safety, he should have been “committed to a place of safety or a place of temporary care and protection” under the Children and Young Persons Act. Instead, he is now back in remand, over his failure to abide by his bail conditions.

CAN believes that the conditions imposed on Yee are unnecessarily onerous. Apart from having to report to his Investigating Officer every day, he is also barred from posting anything online. This curtailment of Yee’s right to express himself doesn’t just infringe on his constitutional rights as a citizen, it is also disproportionate to the charges he is currently facing.

We would also like to respectfully remind authorities that under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Singapore is required to explore measures other than judicial proceedings, when dealing with juveniles who might have breached the law.

We humbly suggest that the State might have overreached in its eagerness to prosecute Yee. We understand that the charge relating to harrassment has been stood down. We urge the State to withdraw it completely, and to do so with the other two charges as well.

Shelley Thio, Rachel Zeng, Jennifer Teo, Woon Tien Wei, Terry Xu, Roy Ngerng, Martyn See, Jolovan Wham, Lynn Lee, Kirsten Han, Vincent Law

  • ~JA~

    The kid clearly needs proper counselling and guidance (by experience counselors), and probably his physically abusive parents too (if what he claimed were true), and not to to be charged under the draconian law, and the crazy media circus of Singapore. We should be ashamed of these. What Amos said did not even have the intention to directly incite any violence to begin with. He merely spoke his mind (as mistaken as you or I think he may be, as a 16 year old kid!)

    What may incite disharmony, and violence? Well, claiming that a group (religion, race or otherwise) of people are evil, disgusting, and need to be eradicated. Or that they deserve to be discriminate against harshly. Those are the things that qualify as an act of *intentional* incitement of disharmony, intolerance, and ultimately violence. Merely Making a critical comment about a religious figure (regardless of right or wrong) isn’t.

    And if Singapore is truly against offensive speech that can incite violence and hate against a minority, then why not arrest and charge all the pastors and Imams, and bigots online who make vicious and insulting remarks against LGB and TQI, or even the TVS/orCD (not to be mistaken as part of the TQI) communities? Because LGB and TQI communities won’t start violent riots and protests despite of the discrimination, widespread social and economic persecution, bullying and abuse, that we do not deserve legal protection? Religion is a lifestyle choice. Being born gay or as a transsexual person isn’t.

    • ~JA~

      Perhaps the LGB and TQI community should start collecting signatures and lodging police report for those who insult, post offensive remarks, incite hate, intolerance, discrimination and violence against this vulnerable significant minority group!

    • Prometheus

      Doesn’t look like anybody interested whether he needs proper counseling or not. It is more like people are only interested in a long haul bashing of him even now physical bashing is included. One wonder it is more because of his offensive view on LKY or on the Christians, but not sure most Christians would go to the extend of prolong his bashing.

      • Truong Huy

        Then those do not deserve to be called Christians.

    • Gab Winter

      Amos is worse than all the other kids who steal, or those bullies who drive other weaker kids to depression, or violent kids who go into physical fights in school our outside, or those who join gangs and do drugs IMO. What he did is the worse, because he insult our creators. So I can understand why so many true Singaporeans who do not want to see Singapore go down in riots would desire to see Amos to be charged and put in prison, and some even openly wish worse things upon him once he is imprisoned, and be jobless when he is older as no REAL Singaporeans would want to hire him anymore. He insulted our father and disregard REAL Singaporeans emotions and sensitivity (religion and LKY)! That is unforgivable.

      As a God fearing lamb, blasphemy against our lord is an unforgivable sin as Jesus have said so HIMSELF. Being a child even if you are 3 years old is no excuse if you insult our CREATOR!!! Lee KY is the creator of Singapore and God is the creator of man. To insult them is to be ungrateful for your existance and a great sin. And to the eyes of us God-fearing righteous people, sinners deserve to be tortured and punished in hell for eternity. Being charged for blasphemy is the least of his worry. He will have to face GOD HIMSELF!

      If not for these harsh laws, Singaporeans will be very uncivilized people as LKY HIMSELF predicted. Singaporeans need harsh laws to control us. If not there will be riots and disorder like in the past.

      Everyone who makes insulting remarks should be charged as a criminal, and all rebellious children should be sent off for rehab to correct their thinking and ‘wake up their idea’. However, sinners against GOD like LGBT people and their communities do not have the right not to be offended, because they are offensive to Singapore’s conservative society. We are not a western society that people can su-ga su-ga anyhow ruan lai. Buai Sai Buai Sai lahh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Responsive speech undersrtand!!!!

  • Coffee

    I fully agree that the red-shirt man should be stopped and arrested. But first, get your facts right, Amos is 17, he is not a child but a young adult. Second, he should be protected, but protected from those activists such as Roy. Thirdly, freedom of speech is allowed but has to be within the law, considering Singapore is a small country and is fragile. My message to these activists, “if you love your country, don’t ruin it for your own purpose.”

    • liangjwc1

      You should get your facts right.
      Child should be protected but a young adult?
      Why protected from Roy? Did you ask the young adult?
      He should be protected from people who want to slap him or cut his dick but what happened?
      He is smarter than you for sure……now refuse to be bailed for his safety, unless you know it is worst in remand.

    • nelsonmandala

      if u luv yr cunty..die die go die for your ditator leaders
      pls dun ruined on b1/2 of d 40%

  • mouseking

    The State is sick to even consider suing Amos!

    • nelsonmandala

      d states is liked a kindergrden kid who quarrel with her classmate simplee by utterrin:
      i dun fren u lioa..pls returned me my hello kitty keychain

  • nicnacnoe

    The world in general sees us sinkies as not being ‘too smart’ and the action of the assailant matched.

  • jackalsh

    Amos Yee is a total nuisance. Let the law punish him. He has not place here outside jail

    • Gab Winter

      I AGREE WITH YOU!!! Amos is worse than all the other kids who steal, or those bullies who drive other weaker kids to depression, or violent kids who go into physical fights in school our outside, or those who join gangs and do drugs IMO. What he did is the worse, because he insult our creators. So I can understand why so many true Singaporeans who do not want to see Singapore go down in riots would desire to see Amos to be charged and put in prison, and some even openly wish worse things upon him once he is imprisoned, and be jobless when he is older as no REAL Singaporeans would want to hire him anymore. He insulted our father and disregard REAL Singaporeans emotions and sensitivity (religion and LKY)! That is unforgivable.

      As a God fearing lamb, blasphemy against our lord is an unforgivable sin as Jesus have said so HIMSELF. Being a child even if you are 3 years old is no excuse if you insult our CREATOR!!! Lee KY is the creator of Singapore and God is the creator of man. To insult them is to be ungrateful for your existance and a great sin. And to the eyes of us God-fearing righteous people, sinners deserve to be tortured and punished in hell for eternity. Being charged for blasphemy is the least of his worry. He will have to face GOD HIMSELF!

      If not for these harsh laws, Singaporeans will be very uncivilized people as LKY HIMSELF predicted. Singaporeans need harsh laws to control us. If not there will be riots and disorder like in the past.

      Everyone who makes insulting remarks should be charged as a criminal, and all rebellious children should be sent off for rehab to correct their thinking and ‘wake up their idea’. However, sinners against GOD like LGBT people and their communities do not have the right not to be offended, because they are offensive to Singapore’s conservative society. We are not a western society that people can su-ga su-ga anyhow ruan lai. Buai Sai Buai Sai lahh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Responsive speech undersrtand!!!!

      • Truong Huy

        I hope that this is just satire. Otherwise, I advise you to seek help immediately.