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True blue Singaporeans – beware of your birth rights

by Tan Wah Piow I was born in Singapore in 1951, and had therefore acquired the right of rights as a citizen of Singapore – my birthright. This right, which was sacrosanct, is no more the case under the People’s Action Party (PAP). As a true blue Singaporean, I participated, probably too zealously, in the struggle for democratic rights. I …

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52 Malaysian organisations issue joint statement in solidarity with Singaporean activist, Jolovan Wham

52 organisations from various fields of civil society and states within Malaysia have signed a joint statement to express solidarity with Singaporean activist, Jolovan Wham who has been recently charged in court by the authorities, stating that they refuse to keep silent when confronted with injustice. The statement writes that Wham “is the conscience of Singapore who bravely speaks up …

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Frontline Defender issues urgent appeal for Human rights defender Jolovan Wham

A statement issued by Frontline Defender, an international NGO based in and founded in Dublin with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR).  On 29 November 2017, Jolovan Wham was charged for seven offences by the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Singapore in …

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The flames that burn in the heart

by Vincent Wijeysingha I used to live in Singapore. Born and bred, I left in my twenties to study in the UK and remained for several years after. In 2009, I returned home and, with some years of social work experience, I became involved in one or two human rights and political projects. I also taught at a local university. One …

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Function 8: Prosecution of Jolovan Wham

Below is the statement issued by Function 8, a local non-government organisation in response to the seven charges filed against Jolovan Wham, a well-known activist by the Singapore authorities on 29 Nov 2017.  We are alarmed and disappointed that Jolovan Wham, a promising, award-winning young social worker and a courageous human rights defender, was charged with 7 offences under the Public …

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Activist to be charged for various offences in court

The Police has informed through a press release that they will be charging Jolovan Wham, a well-known labour and human-rights activist in Court on Wednesday (29 November 2017) for organising public assemblies without a police permit under the Public Order Act, an offence of vandalism under the Vandalism Act, and for refusing to sign his statements under the Penal Code. The …

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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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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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The rebranding of the Singaporean political dissident, Tan Wah Piow

by Mariam Mokhtar On Saturday, 1 July, the Monsoon Art Gallery opened its doors for a special art exhibition, called “The Other Side of the Moon.” The link to the video is shown below. It also marked the rebranding of Tan Wah Piow, from student leader, to political dissident, to lawyer and artist. Tan, the student leader He first saw Singapore …

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