Social Justice

10 reasons to end marital immunity for rape

By AWARE Singapore According to the Penal Code, “She’s my wife” can be a complete legal defence to charges of rape (s375). The Alliance of Like-Minded CSOs in Singapore (ALMOS), who collaborated in the submission of a shadow report to the UN for Singapore’s Universal Periodic Review, is calling for this to change. Here are ten reasons to support us. Everyone deserves protection …

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8 free speech concerns the Community Action Network highlighted for the UPR

By Lisa Li In January 2016, Singapore’s human rights record will face international scrutiny at the United Nations (UN) for the second time. This is part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which Singapore first underwent on 6 May 2011, with the Government delegation led by Ambassador-at-Large Ong Keng Yong. During the three-hour session, Singapore presented its National Report and …

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Human rights in Singapore a matter of pragmatism, says government report to UN

The Singapore government on Friday signalled its commitment to protecting the human rights of all Singaporeans, but emphasised a pragmatic approach. According to The Straits Times, the government released its 23-page report to the media. The report, submitted to the United Nations (UN) for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), covers issues such as the rights of persons with disabilities, the …

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Civil society organisations submit shadow report for Universal Periodic Review

Civil society groups in Singapore have come together to submit a shadow report to the United Nations (UN) to highlight human rights issues in Singapore for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Known as The Alliance of Like-Minded CSOs in Singapore (ALMOS), groups represented the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Function8, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), …

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What you need to know about the Universal Periodic Review

What is the Universal Periodic Review? The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council that reviews the condition of human rights across all member states. It was established by a UN General Assembly resolution on 15 March 2006, and takes place in four-year cycles during which member states are reviewed. All member …

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MDA confirms ban on Christ film

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has confirmed that the film, The Last Temptation of Christ, is banned in Singapore. The censorship authority informed Mr Martyn See, who had submitted the film to the agency for rating in June, of the ban on Wednesday. (See See’s Facebook posting here.) The1988 film, based on a 1955 book by Nikos Kazantkakis, portrayed the …

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White Ribbon Week: Who gets a Personal Protection Order?

The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) has submitted its recommendations to the Ministry of Social and Family as part of the latter’s consultation on the draft Women’s Charter (Amendment) Bill 2016. Among the recommendations that AWARE submitted were those related to the obtaining of Personal Protection Orders (PPOs), which allow individuals who have been abused to seek …

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