Danisha Hakeem

PM Lee reassures PAP’s mission “has not changed” — but Lee Hsien Yang says ruling party “no longer the PAP of my father”

The People’s Action Party (PAP)’s mission “to build a fair and just society” for all “has not changed” since its inception, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thu (21 Nov). In an open letter published on the PAP website yesterday, Mr Lee said that PAP’s goal “to spread the benefits of progress widely to all” has stayed the same, …

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“Checks and balances” absent in Hong Kong police force, superiors allegedly turn a blind eye on errant police officers

Torture in police detention, acts of unprecedented violence and brutal tactics are among some of the signs of the Hong Kong police force’s brutality against pro-democracy protesters. Riot police officers have been known to deploy tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and water cannons against protesters during clashes since June, and up to as recently as early this month. Some …

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China foreign ministry lambasts US Senate’s passing of “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy” bill, citing interference in China’s internal affairs

The People’s Republic of China’s foreign ministry has strongly criticised the United States, following the Senate’s passing of a bill that supports the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Geng Shuang, a spokesperson from the ministry, said in a statement on Wed (20 Nov) that China “strongly condemns and opposes” the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”, and that the …

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OHCHR urges Hong Kong’s authorities to take accountability for alleged police brutality against protesters, reiterates condemnation of violence from both sides

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Tue on (19 Nov) has called for accountability not only against individuals who have perpetuated violence in the Hong Kong protests, but also in relation to allegations of police brutality. Stating that the OHCHR is “deeply concerned at the risk of further escalation of violence in Hong Kong”, Rupert …

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Section 377A constitutional challenge: Expert evidence reveal sexual orientation cannot be changed at will, lawyers argue

The legal team advocating the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code — which criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between men — argued before the High Court on Mon (18 Nov) that sexual orientation is a product of genetic and environmental factors, and cannot be changed at will. Lawyers Eugene Thuraisingam, Suang Wijaya and Johannes Hadi of Eugene Thuraisingam …

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Outrage of modesty prevention posters carry “strong deterrent message” to potential perpetrators indifferent to harm their victims may suffer: Police, in response to AWARE’s criticisms

The recent posters that highlight the punishments for committing certain crimes, including outrage of modesty, are aimed at sending “a strong deterrent message” to potential perpetrators, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Sat (16 Nov). Said posters, which are among the latest additions to SPF’s lineup of crime prevention visuals, were “designed to warn would-be offenders, who are unable to …

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US Senator accuses PM Lee of prioritising deals with “Communist China” over human rights in Hong Kong

A United States senator on Fri (15 Nov) condemned Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for allegedly prioritising his economic and political deals with Beijing at the expense of “human rights” in Hong Kong. Rick Scott, a representative of the State of Florida, in a tweet had branded Lee’s “shaming” of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors “fighting for their human …

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