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Civil Society

Local groups call for greater freedom of expression in light of mounting charges against activist Jolovan Wham

A group of Singapore organisations have come together in a letter calling for greater freedom of expression. ‘Deeply troubled by the mounting charges’ brought against social worker and human rights advocate Jolovan Wham, these local groups have issue a letter calling for existing laws to be reconsidered. In 2017, Jolovan was charged for illegal assembly, vandalism and refusing to sign …

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AWARE’s report to the UN highlights the urgent need to protect children in Singapore from discrimination and inequality

Leading gender rights organisation, AWARE has called for policies to level the playing field and promote equality among children, such as free childcare for low-income households and an end to discrimination against single-parent or transnational families. In a report submitted last week to a United Nations Committee about the protection of children’s rights in Singapore, the leading women’s rights and …

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Cat Welfare Society has put out an SOS for funds.

The Cat Welfare Society has put out an SOS for funds. In a Facebook post, the CWS has said that it urgently needs $135,000 to continue funding its sterilisation efforts. “Pay it forward and help us save our cats. We urgently need $135,000 to continue funding our humane sterilisation efforts and to assist in mediating against the removal of our …

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SPF “deliberately mischaracterised” photo taken outside State Courts, mainstream media reports convey erroneous information regarding investigation: Jolovan Wham

Following the reports of mainstream news outlets regarding the Singapore Police Force (SPF)’s recent investigation into a photograph of civil rights activist Jolovan Wham taken outside the State Courts last Dec, Mr Wham himself suggested that the reports have conveyed allegedly erroneous and “misleading” information regarding the purpose and nature of the investigation. The photograph in question, dated 13 Dec, …

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Joint statement by international human rights NGOs condemns sentencing of human rights defender Jolovan Wham

We, the undersigned human rights organisations, strongly condemn the politically-motivated prosecution of Singaporean human rights defender Jolovan Wham. After convicting Wham in January 2019 of ‘organising a public assembly without a permit,’ the State Court sentenced him, on 21 February, to a fine of S$3,200 (US$2,367), or by default, 16 days in prison. The imposition of a criminal punishment that …

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Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have, relative to other systems: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad

Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have in relative to other systems of governance, as citizens have the power to overthrow their government “with a stroke of the pen” at the polls, in contrast to authoritarian systems in which violent revolutions involving wars and bloodshed have to occur for a change to take place, said …

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Singapore’s 2019 budget lacks urgency and vision to tackle Singapore’s ageing needs, says AWARE

The country’s leading women’s rights and gender equality advocacy group, AWARE, said in a statement that they were ‘surprised and disappointed’ that the government did not embrace the opportunity to formulate and present a more expansive and bold strategy to address the urgent problems of ageing and caregiving. While Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat did acknowledge the burden of caregiving …

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