Social Justice

Father with dementia, forced to confess to a offence by police

The following experience was submitted to TOC by a member of the public, and as the mentioned case is still under investigation, a couple of details have been omitted for privacy reasons. L recounts the story of her father who was investigated by the police for an offence he clearly did not commit The story of 14-year old Benjamin Lim …

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Personal accounts highlight systematic issue with police procedure and practices

In response to the case of 14-year-old Benjamin Lim, individuals have started to speak up about their past experience and voice out against the systematic issue that the Singapore Police Force might have with its policing protocols, . Below are some accounts of individuals sharing their personal experience or as a family member on encounters with the police. The names …

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14-year-old jumps to his death after unaccompanied police interrogation

Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Lim Jun Hui was found dead late Tuesday.  He had apparently jumped off a ledge outside his 14th-floor flat in Yishun. Family and friends are still trying to make sense of the boy’s unexpected demise. Five plainclothes police officers showed up at Benjamin’s school on Tuesday morning. He was taken away for questioning for allegedly outraging the modesty …

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Access to water is a human right

By M Ravi In modern day Singapore, there are still people who cannot afford to pay their utilities bill, which results in the termination of their water/electricity supply by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) and SP Services. I came across a few cases when I was doing pro bono work. Most of these people rely heavily on financial assistance from the …

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Human Rights Watch: Domestic worker starved in Singapore

By Nisha Varia, Human Rights Watch A couple is currently on trial in Singapore for allegedly starving their domestic worker to the point where she weighed only 29 kilograms (64 pounds). The domestic worker, Thelma Gawidan, who is from the Philippines, says she endured more than a year of subsisting on instant noodles and bread, long working hours – sometimes …

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