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Silencing another generation? – Part 1

by Teo Soh Lung Deputy Prime Minister Tharman’s speech in the recent Majulah lecture at NTU is interesting. Why did he say that Singapore today “is a vastly different and more liberal place compared to what it used to be?….” Last year, he shared the same view with pre-university students. He said: “There is more freedom now compared to a …

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Amnesty International: Executions continue in flawed attempt to tackle drug crime, despite limited reforms

Singapore’s continued reliance on mandatory death sentences, which violate international law, has meant that dozens of low level drug offenders have been sent to death row in recent years, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Cooperate or Die also reveals how death penalty reforms introduced in 2013, while reducing the number of people sentenced to death, do not …

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Caltex Fuel Your School program seek to inspire Singapore’s youths to consider technical careers in a new light

As part of Science Centre Singapore’s 40th anniversary celebrations, 250 students aged 11 – 14 years experienced a sneak peek into potential career paths that involved designing wearable technology, computer coding and sound engineering. The budding STEM professionals were the first batch of participants in the Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 enrichment program, which will see a total of 700 upper …

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“1987 – Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy 30 years” documents accounts of ISA detainees of the public’s silence over their detention

Book review of “1987 – Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy 30 years ” by Margaret John, Amnesty International, Canada 1987 – Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy 30 years on is a riveting attempt to set out once and for all the historical truth and injustice of the arrests under the Internal Security Act (ISA) of 22 caring young professionals involved in social justice activities. For …

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SDP Chair Paul Tambyah condemns recent government crackdowns

Newly Elected Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chairperson, Paul Tambyah, issues an official statement on behalf of the party condemning the recent crackdowns on civil society activists, such as the arrest of Seelan Palay for his art piece outside of Parliament, and the intimidation of activists and friends for participating in a candlelight vigil for death row inmate Prabagaran Srivijayan. Noting that …

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Function 8 and CAN: Article 14 of Singapore Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, expression, assembly and association

Joint statement by Function 8 and Community Action Network on the arrest of activist Function 8 and Community Action Network (CAN) are deeply troubled and saddened by the arrest of artist Seelan Palay outside Parliament House on Sunday, 1 Oct 2017. He has been released on police bail since yesterday and is subjected to severe restrictions including restrictions on travels. …

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Singapore Sailor Olivia Chen gets support from Chiam SeeTong Sports Foundation

Singapore sailor Olivia Chen, who along with partner Griselda Khng are aiming to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, have been granted financial support by the Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation. 22-year-old Chen, is a former national netballer but who switched to sailing with Khng in the 49erFX class. Both sailors are trying to qualify for the Asian Games 2018 …

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Local​ ​NGOs​ ​come​ ​together​ ​to​ ​submit​ ​joint​ ​report​ ​to​ ​the​ ​UN about​ ​gender​ ​inequalities​ ​in​ ​Singapore

In an unprecedented move, 13 local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have joined forces to submit a report to a United Nations committee about the continuing gender inequalities in Singapore. This follows news reports last week that some women’s organisations were not supporting the coalition report to the UN CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) Committee. …

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