Civil Society

Nparks throws last minute notification on Protest Event against Reserved Presidential Election

Organisers and speakers of the protest event on this Saturday, have been sent a letter from the National Parks Board (NParks) just five days before the actual event, indicating that they require police permits for their speeches. The planned protest event was meant to debate on various contentious issues in regards to the upcoming Reserved Presidential Election and had eight speakers lined …

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#GoHazeFree campaign targets use of unsustainable palm oil in eateries

Environmental non-profit organisation, People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze) in its latest campaign, #GoHazeFree writes that many eateries in Singapore and the region are still using unsustainably produced palm oil, which may contribute to future haze, two years after the worst haze on record. In light of this, PM Haze is launching its campaign with the aim to raise public …

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Singaporeans need a revitalized social contract

by Think Centre Our island state was founded more than 50 years ago on the basis of “one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation”. These ideals are enshrined in the pledge that is recited by all students …

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Myanmar: UN expert lists catalogue of concerns as human rights slide in worsening conflict 

GENEVA (24 July 2017) – A United Nations Special Rapporteur has issued a strongly worded statement accusing the Government of Myanmar of policies reminiscent of the previous military government, and of presiding over a worsening security and human rights situation. Yanghee Lee, ending a 12-day visit to the country, listed a catalogue of concerns including reports of killings, torture, the …

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Singapore voids marriage of trans woman and her wife

by OutRight Action International As The Straits Times has reported on July 18th, the Registry of Marriages (“the Registry”) has voided the marriage of a transgender woman and her partner in an unprecedented case in Singapore condemned by OutRight Action International. Known as FK and BS, the couple were married in October 2015 while FK was still designated as male under Singaporean law. …

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