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Daily Archives: 2016-04-06

Treasuries signal risk off, equities fall globally

By Margaret Yang Equities – US treasuries, gold and yen rallied yesterday which sent a “risk off” signal to investors as capital seemed to flow back into the above mentioned “safe haven” assets again. US 10 years treasury yields fell as low as 1.73%, down 14bps from 1.877% a week ago. The yen strengthened to 110.42, a level not seen …

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Clemency letter for Kho Jabing: “No reason why the prosecution should appeal against the life sentence imposed”

Below is a letter seeking clemency for Kho Jabing, a Malaysian sentenced with death sentence from  President. It was written before the date for execution was set, which is this Friday, 6 Nov and sent on 3 November 2015. Your Excellency Clemency for Kho Jabing, aged 31 We, the undersigned, are deeply disturbed and dismayed that a clemency petition for 31-year-old Kho …

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Where is Art in the future of Singapore and why is it important?

Arts NMP Kok Heng Leun's Maiden Speech in Parliament on 5 April 2016 (Tuesday) Thank you Madam Speaker. It is a privilege to stand before the parliament and share my views about the Budget as an artist and a Nominated Member of Parliament for the Arts. First of all, I would like to begin by congratulating our Minister for Finance, …

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Singapore: Court of Appeal decision upholding Kho Jabing’s death sentence a serious blow to human rights

Statement by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) The Court of Appeal’s decision to lift the stay of execution of Kho Jabing is a serious blow to human rights in Singapore, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The ICJ urges the Government of Singapore to grant Kho Jabing clemency and immediately impose a moratorium on executions, with a view towards …

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International Human Rights group, FIDH calls for the halt of Kho Jabing’s execution

Statement by FIDH, International Federation for Human Rights Singapore must halt the execution of Malaysian national Kho Jabing and reinstate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, FIDH said today. FIDH made the call on the same day Singapore’s Court of Appeal unanimously rejected a motion for review of Kho Jabing’s case. Singaporean President Tony Tan is now expected to authorize Kho Jabing’s execution by …

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UN Human Rights Office concerned by ongoing use of death penalty in Singapore

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) is concerned by the Singapore Court of Appeal’s decision on Tuesday to uphold the death sentence given to Kho Jabing of Malaysia and urges the Government to immediately establish a moratorium on capital punishment. “We are gravely concerned that Mr. Kho is at imminent risk of hanging as the court has …

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Home Team and SAF to ramp up anti-terrorism efforts

Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam stated in Parliament on 6 April that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would be stepping up its counter-terrorism efforts in the wake of recent attacks in major cities. This include strengthening Singapore’s Home Team as well as utilising video cameras installed in public areas to detect any suspicious behaviour. Mr Shanmugam …

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