Social Justice

SDP Chair Paul Tambyah: Jolovan’s courage “should be commended”

Dr Paul Tambyah, chairperson of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), issued a statement on behalf of the party expressing support for activist Jolovan Wham, who has 7 charges brought against him for organising public assemblies. This is the latest show of support following statements by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and local NGO Function 8. Dr Paul quotes the then Prime Minister Lee …

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Petition started calling for charges against Jolovan Wham to be dropped

A petition has been started on Change.org calling for the 7 charges brought against activist Jolovan Wham to be dropped. 7 charges were brought against Jolovan under the Public Order Act, Vandalism Act, and the Penal Code. “As an activist, Jolovan has spoken out against detention without trial and has been an untiring and staunch advocate of free speech, as …

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Chee: Civil Disobedience led to creation of Speakers’ Corner

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General, Dr Chee Soon Juan, counters a recent Straits Times article that alleges that the SDP’s civil disobedience “did not work”. In a blog post, Dr Chee explains the motivations behind his party’s multiple efforts of non-violent action which, as he expected, was met with “mandatory condemnations” and criticisms in the media. The political situation at the time, …

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Domestic worker jumps out of window to escape agent abuse

by Kirsten Han A little over two weeks. That was how long Nina Duwi Koriah had been in Singapore before she fell out of the third-storey window of her agent’s home following humiliating verbal abuse and mental distress. Her agent, who has been identified by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) as Noor Hayah Gulam, was fined S$50,000 on …

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Domestic worker claims MOM offered thousands a month for her to be witness

Elfrida Julia Bani, a domestic worker from Waitabula, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia, finally got her passport back on 27 October, after months of requesting for it to be returned and 26 days of desperate plea with the Ministry of Manpower. Elfrida had requested to go home to her hometown since August when his grandfather passed away and was denied. However, when …

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UN appoints senior official to end reprisals against human rights defenders

NEW YORK & GENEVA – A new report prepared by ISHR for the UN Secretary-General demonstrates the need for the UN and States to prevent and ensure accountability for acts of intimidation and reprisals against those who cooperate with the UN, and lays out a series of recommendations for reform in that regard. The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has …

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