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More than 1,500 participants run towards a more gracious and inclusive Singapore

Over 1,500 participants took part in the Singapore Kindness Run which was held for the third year at the National Stadium last Saturday (3 Aug). This year’s run is a ground up initiative by Runners’ Heart-Reach, in collaboration with the Singapore Kindness Movement, conjointly with the launch of Get Active Singapore (GASG) 2019. The primary objective of the run is …

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Nearly 50,000 low-income Singaporean women given free mammogram screenings by the Breast Cancer Foundation

In a press release earlier today (15 July), the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) announced that it will extend its successful Breast Cancer Foundation Encouragement for Active Mammograms (BEAM15) programme. BEAM15 was launched in partnership with Health Promotion Board (HPB) in 2013, and has provided free mammogram screenings for nearly 50,000 low-income Singaporean women. With the extension, the BCF will provide …

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Doctors Without Borders and WeWork hold 2nd Missing Maps Mapathon in Singapore

For the second time, international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and WeWork team up for a public, large-scale Mapathon as a way for people from all walks of life to directly contribute to humanitarian efforts by digitally mapping some of the world’s most vulnerable places. Dubbed as the “Doctors Without Borders and WeWork Missing Maps Mapathon”, the event …

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AWARE urges complete closing of gaps in rape law; urges further reform and public education on consent, repeal of Section 377A

Singapore’s leading gender rights organisation, AWARE in a statement, welcomed the moves in the Criminal Law Reform Bill, introduced in Parliament on Monday, that mostly remove marital immunity for rape, and expand existing rape and sexual assault laws – for the former, including non-consensual penetration to the mouth and the anus, and for the latter, including non-consensual penetration perpetrated by …

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Forum-Asia calls for conviction of Jolovan Wham to be quashed and for Singapore to respect the right to freedom of expression

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has issued a statement to condemn the conviction of Singaporean human rights defender Jolovan Wham for violating the 2009 Public Order Act. The regional human rights organisation states that the case against Wham highlights the Singaporean Government’s tightening grip on civil society and calls on the Singaporean Government to end the …

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Amnesty International revokes Aung San Suu Kyi’s Ambassador of Conscience Award

Amnesty International has withdrawn the Ambassador of Conscience Award, its highest award, from Aung San Suu Kyi. The organisation cited the ‘shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for’ as the reason for the withdrawal. “Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defense of human rights”, said Secretary …

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Amnesty International: First convictions under ‘contempt of court’ law confirms fears over muzzling critics

On 11 May 2018, the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore (AGC) charged Jolovan Wham and John Tan with “scandalising the judiciary”. Wham, a human rights activist, was charged for his Facebook post on 27 April 2018 stating that “Malaysia’s judges are more independent than Singapore’s for cases with political implications.” Tan, a senior member of opposition party – the Singapore Democratic …

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