EU Centre Singapore removed live tweets of Human Rights Seminar

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One of the tweets that have since been removed from the EU Centre’s account

European Union (EU) Centre Singapore removed the tweets of the seminar on Human Rights after activists stage a silent protest against an invited speaker known for her anti-homosexual speeches and stance.

On Friday last week, the EU Centre in Singapore held a human rights seminar in conjunction with the upcoming human rights day on 10 December.

However, certain members of the public found it controversial to have invited Professor Thio Li-Ann, a former Nominated Member of Parliament to speak in the seminar on human rights issues.

Prof Thio created a storm in the LGBT community in 2007 for her speech to defend section 377A of the penal code.

““Anal-penetrative sex is inherently damaging to the body and a misuse of organs, like shoving a straw up your nose to drink. The anus is designed to expel waste; when something is forcibly inserted into it, the muscles contract and cause tearing; fecal waste, viruses carried by sperm and blood thus congregate, with adverse health implications like ‘gay bowel syndrome’, anal cancer. ‘Acts of gross indecency’ under 377A also covers unhygienic practices like “rimming” where the mouth comes into contact with the anus. Consent to harmful acts is no defence – otherwise, our strong anti-drug laws must fall as it cannot co-exist with letting in recreational drugs as a matter of personal lifestyle choice.” said Prof Thio in her 2007 parliamentary speech as Nominated Member of Parliament.

A group of activists had earlier wrote to the organisers of the seminar to express their disappointment and objection towards the invitation to have Prof Thio as a guest speaker.

In the statement of concern carried on The Online Citizen, the group wrote that It is a matter of public record that Prof Thio,

  1. believes the LGBT community is not entitled to the protections of human rights with respect to issues of sexuality, even between consenting homosexual adults.
  1. deliberately used graphic language to engender repugnance against homosexual adults in her 2007 speech:
  1. characterizes attempts by LGBT activists and their allies to promote non-discrimination on grounds of gender and sexuality as a conspiratorial attempts to subvert law, order, community and public morality.
  1. continues to speak of homosexuality as a “gender identity disorder” from which individuals can be “reoriented” and characterizes any scientific research which calls her perspective into question as “politicised pseudo science”.

In EU’s official website, it is stated that as part of its efforts to abolish any kind of discrimination against individuals, the EU works to uphold the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons – who should be able to live free from discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The EU’s diplomatic efforts in this area are focused on:

  • eliminating discriminatory laws and policies, decriminalisation, and ending the death penalty for same-sex relations (currently applicable in 7 countries)
  • promoting equality and non-discrimination at work, in healthcare and in education
  • combating violence by the state or by individuals against LGBTI persons
  • supporting and protecting human rights defenders

Although the EU Centre had earlier did live tweeting of the seminar on its official twitter account, all of the postings made have since been removed. 

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In the seminar, LGBT activitists held a silent protest while Prof Thio was making her speech on International Human Rights and International Courts in Asia.

According to Kirsten Han, a free-lance journalist and civil activist who wrote about the seminar, noted that Prof Thio defended her view on homosexuality and section 377A during the Q&A session, saying that the retention of 377A would prevent the “onslaught of the homosexual agenda”.

It is unknown if EU Center removed the tweets on its own accord or was prompted by the Singapore authorites to do so.
However, Kirsten also noted that Mr Bernhard Faustenhammer Head of Political and Press & Information of the EU delegation admitted at the end of the whole event that Thio’s stance is far from EU’s stance of LGBT rights.

“It was a deliberate choice to have somebody who has the view of the status quo,” he said. “Thio Li Ann is one of few experts in Singapore, and we need someone to give the party line.”
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  • sharkAttack777

    I agree with Prof. Thio! Shoving up something into anus is wrong! When you are vomiting you are suppose to see a doctor!! Otherwise it is wrong!

    • Samson

      Sorry can’t get you. Are you suggesting that homos see a doctor otherwise it is wrong?

      There are many things that we as “normal’ heterosexuals are also doing wrong like being greedy which hurts people more. It would have been great if Prof Thio addresses what greed does. Afterall one can choose to be greedy but one cannot choose to be homo from what I understand.

  • Andrew Leung

    The protesters must be fined for conducting an illegal protest. The EU Centre must also be fined for allowing an illegal protest to take place at their event. They should show basic courtesy to their invited speakers and not be complicit. The EU must respect local laws.

    • Sean Padman McMenamin

      I don’t think this runs afoul of protest law. It’s called the Public Order Act, and this was taking place at a private event and they were registered members of said event. So if hosts don’t have an issue and no charges are pressed…guess no law is broke, so no fine or anything.

  • Angry Angel

    Why is it that I get the strange feeling that bestiality and pedophilia would be co-opted into these activists repertoire for demanding “human rights?”. Why, kids and animals are already getting “betrothed” to humans in some strange corner of this world, so why not give the human right to “enjoy” a “healthy” “loving” relationship if they so gives them the sick pleasure.

    BTW if the gay gene theory held true, then the gay gene cannot exist in the evolutionary process as there is no practical way of them for “passing” this gene on to the next generation, i.e.- a paradoxical argument. Also, if a person is born gay, how can there be a cases where only one identical twin be “born” with homosexual tendencies?

    Thio Li Ann may have a religious agenda that clashes with the extreme gay agenda of wanting gay rights to be forced upon this world, even to extremes of:

    1) Demanding children be “sexless” until an age where they can “decide” what gender assignment they choose.
    2) Criminalizing heterosexual marriage unless homosexual counseling decides otherwise
    3) Demanding homosexual sex education be made mandatory to prepubescents and actively encouraging homosexual behavior in school.
    4) Making heterosexual acts, even between a married couple, illegal in public.

    Go research on “homosexual activism” and find the even more on their agenda. Its worse than you can imagine and far more sinister than 3 misguided idiots holding up placards and causing a slight delay in a seminar.

    • ASE

      I’m not going to address the rest of the hatred you spew, but I’m going to discuss solely what you say about the “gay gene”. Have you ever considered that homosexuality may be nature’s way of implementing contraception at the population level?

      If you can accept that a population that grows too rapidly will exhaust its resources and then die out, then maybe homosexuality is selected for in that way. As a mother has more children, if there is a mechanism such that each child grows increasingly unlikely to reproduce, then this will help stabilise the population, and increase its overall chance of survival.

      As it is, it has been observed that the more older biological brothers you have, the more likely you are to be gay.