Civil Society

AWARE: 2018 Budget lacks vision and holistic strategy on ageing population
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

AWARE, a local non-government organisation, ex welcomes the Government’s commitment in the Minister of Finance’s Budget Speech to increase spending for healthcare to address the challenges posed by Singapore’s rapidly ageing population. However, it expressed disappointment that the Budget speech – though earlier Read More

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Human Rights Watch calls for Singapore to end its practice of detention without trial
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

Singapore’s parliament should reject proposed revisions to the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act extending detention without trial and allow the law to lapse, Human Rights Watch said in a January 31, 2018 letter to members of parliament that was released today. The proposed amendments would extend the statute, enacted Read More

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UN human rights expert laments “tragic sense of déjà vu” in Myanmar, says refugee returns premature
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, lamented the decades long cycle of violence perpetuated by the authorities against ethnic minorities in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims, and said talk of repatriating hundreds of thousands of refugees anytime Read More

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‘The Past is not the Past’, an exhibition to remember
By Kenneth Lin Published on by Kenneth Lin 0

Last updated on February 12th, 2018 at 01:25 pm“The party is not the….”, a visitor beside me squints into a portrait, trying to make out the tiny words handwritten just below it. After the words, an ‘Erica’ is signed. “The past is not Read More

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Petition supporting Jolovan hits 4915 signatures, delivered
By Kenneth Lin Published on by Kenneth Lin 0

The petition in support of Jolovan Wham, the activist who got slapped with 7 charges relating to organising public assemblies, has been delivered to the Prime Minister and Attorney General in both email and physical copy. Titled, “Drop charges against Jolovan Wham; Protect Read More

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Human Rights Watch: New restrictions in Singapore limit critical voices
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

Rights Record on Free Expression, Assembly Worsens (New York, January 18, 2018) – Singapore’s government imposed further restrictions on free speech and peaceful assembly while harassing and prosecuting critical voices in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. In the 643-page World Report, its Read More

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AWARE calls for a budget for gender equality
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

Gender equality group AWARE submitted its eighth annual set of recommendations for the National Budget through the public consultation portal REACH on 12 January, calling for the Government to take concrete steps in ending gender inequality. “It’s time to dedicate resources to a Read More

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Statement on the Extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA) for another five years
By Neyla Zannia Published on by Neyla Zannia 0

Below is a statement jointly issued by three Human Rights Non-government organisations, Function 8, Think Centre and Community Action Network We are strongly opposed to the extension of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act by another five years and expansion of its scope. Similar Read More

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MARUAH: Consequences of corruption are multi-faceted and impact on all human rights
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

MARUAH, a local human-rights non-government organisation has issued a statement on the international bribery scandal which involved Singapore government-linked company, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (KOM). The NGO writes that it is “deeply disturbed at the blatant corruption of KOM, disregarding its own Read More

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CAN & Function 8: Repeal the Films Act and withdraw the proposed amendment bill
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

Below is the statement issued by two non-government organisations for human rights in Singapore, Community Action Network and Function 8, on the proposed amendments to the Films Act. A draconian piece of legislation like the Films Act enacted in 1981 has no place Read More

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