Human Rights Watch deeply concerned on fining and punishment against M Ravi


Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch on the fining and punishment of lawyer M. Ravi in Singapore.

“Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned that the disciplinary sanctions and significant fines against Ravi are being imposed to punish him for his important human rights work on behalf of LGBT people, migrant workers and others. If this is the case, it would clearly have a chilling effect on all legal representation in Singapore and undermine the rule of law.”​

M. Ravi was fined $S 7000 by the Council of the Law Society of Singapore on January 9, 2015, and assessed an additional $S 3000 in costs to the Law Society, under the Legal Profession Act connected to actions while Mr. Ravi was representing Mr Wee Kim San in his case for constitutional protection against discrimination against LGBT persons in the workplace, and during a judicial review against the deportation of a foreign worker involved in the December 2013 disturbances in Little India.

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