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Chee called the S'pore government "effectively a dictatorship." By IHT

Dissident urges Obama to push Singapore on rights

From the International Herald Tribune:

A Singapore opposition leader has called on President Barack Obama to take steps to encourage the island nation's government to stop committing human rights abuses.

Chee Soon Juan, the leader of the Singapore Democratic Party, praised Obama's record as a civil rights lawyer and said he hoped the new "administration's foreign policy will be as enlightened."

"I have every confidence that the U.S. will pay more attention to the human rights abuses of the Singapore government and take positive steps to help Singapore join the community of democracies," Chee said in a five-minute video posted on YouTube and his party's Web site on Tuesday.

Read the full report here in IHT.

Also: BBC's report - Obama to receive Singapore plea.

Dr Chee's video message to President Obama:

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