Joint statement by Singapore civil society groups on the continued detention of Singaporean blogger Amos Yee by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Respect asylum claim judgement and release Amos Yee from extended detention
30 March 2017 – We have learnt from Amos Yee’s lawyers at Grossman Law LLC that the Government of the United States is going to appeal Judge Samuel Cole’s decision to grant Yee asylum, and that as a result, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not be releasing him. We also learnt that the decision to deny Yee his freedom is not limited just to him, but also to many others in similar situation.
ICE’s decision has no basis in US or international law. There is no provision in the US Immigration and Nationality Act that gives ICE the right to detain persons granted asylum. Yee has already been incarcerated for more than 90 days. Any further attempt to hold him is highly irregular and grossly unfair.
We strongly urge the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to respect the legal judgement granting asylum to Amos Yee and others, and immediately release them from this unfair extended incarceration.
Signatories to this Statement:
Community Action Network, Singapore
Think Centre, Singapore