Daily Archives: 2015-12-11

Human rights in Singapore a matter of pragmatism, says government report to UN

The Singapore government on Friday signalled its commitment to protecting the human rights of all Singaporeans, but emphasised a pragmatic approach. According to The Straits Times, the government released its 23-page report to the media. The report, submitted to the United Nations (UN) for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), covers issues such as the rights of persons with disabilities, the …

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Embrace compassion, regardless of religion

By Masked Crusader With one eye on the brooding sky, I strode out one evening about eight years ago to take my dog on her daily walk around my condominium. Rosie, a Jack Russell mix, had stopped growing when she was around six months old and was then about two years old. She was an excitable little dog when she …

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Civil society organisations submit shadow report for Universal Periodic Review

Civil society groups in Singapore have come together to submit a shadow report to the United Nations (UN) to highlight human rights issues in Singapore for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Known as The Alliance of Like-Minded CSOs in Singapore (ALMOS), groups represented the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Function8, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), …

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At bookstores (and libraries) near you: Say hello to digital plagiarism

By Lisa Li Today, I spotted a book on the shelf of new arrivals in the National Library: The founding of Singapore: The Journey of a Small Island to Greatness. The eyebrow-raising title drew my attention. Then I read the fine print: “Edited by Ken Torrin from High Quality Wikipedia Articles”. Yes, you read that right. Upon further checking, it …

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What you need to know about the Universal Periodic Review

What is the Universal Periodic Review? The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council that reviews the condition of human rights across all member states. It was established by a UN General Assembly resolution on 15 March 2006, and takes place in four-year cycles during which member states are reviewed. All member …

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Christmas Lobangs: NUS Press drops its prices for year-end sale

It’s that time of year again; when people gather with friends and families to celebrate the year that’s been and make plans for the year that’s coming. It’s a season of giving, which also means that it’s a time of desperate holiday shopping wondering what the heck to give your mother/grandfather/partner this Christmas. Or maybe you just want to shop for …

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