Tag Archives: civil society

The emperor’s new clothes

By Rev. Miak Siew Speech at #FreeAmosYee protest at Hong Lim Park on 5 July 2015 I have interacted with Amos before. He came to my church – and I didn’t think much about it – he was just like another young visitor dropping by to “church-shop.” It was a few months later when he posted one of his videos …

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“We are destroying a boy”

  By Jolene Tan Speech for #FreeAmosYee protest at Hong Lim Park, 5 July 2015 Some of you have probably seen that Amos Yee’s mother, Mary Toh, recently posted on Facebook making a heartfelt apology to her son. It’s really not her who should be apologising to Amos Yee. We – us, our state, our society – we are destroying …

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Singapore: ICJ observes the defamation case of blogger Roy Ngerng

The three-day hearing on the assessment of damages on the civil defamation case against blogger Roy Ngerng was concluded today in Singapore. The Supreme Court will issue its decision at a later date. A representative of the ICJ observed the hearing that took place from 1 to 3 July 2015. The ICJ considers the judge, Justice Lee Seiu Kin, to …

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Hong Lim Park event on Sunday to rally for Amos Yee’s release

A protest will be held in Hong Lim Park this coming Sunday, 4 pm, to ask for the release of Amos Yee, a 16-year-old blogger who is currently being held in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). The Sunday’s event page says: “For producing a YouTube video deemed offensive to some people, 16-year-old Amos Yee has been handcuffed, arrested, charged, tried, imprisoned, …

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OHCHR urges Thailand to release students

BANGKOK (30 JUNE 2015) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) urges the Government to promptly drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody. It further urges the Government to review its use of laws that limit freedom of expression and freedom …

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Function 8: Manner in which Amos Yee is treated, regrettable and deplorable

Function 8 regrets and deplores the manner in which Amos Yee, aged 16, is being treated by our judicial system. Amos Yee was arrested on 29 March 2015 and interrogated for two days before being charged in court for insulting Christianity, publishing an obscene sketch and hurting the feelings of a family. The last charge was withdrawn after his conviction …

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The Singapore Democratic Party and its legacy for civil society

On Sunday, 21 June, Singapore Democratic Party celebrated its 35th anniversary at Holiday Day Inn Singapore Atrium and invited a few speakers from civil society to talk about their experiences with the party and their thoughts about it. One of the speakers who was invited is Jolovan Wham, Executive Director of Local Non-government Organisation, Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E). …

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Do foreign domestic workers get enough food?

By B. Lewis ‘My employer only gave me instant noodles three meals a day. Sometimes, she throws some rice in the noodles or gave me some bread when I told her the food was not enough. I had no vegetables, meat or fruit,’ Louise (not her real name) said when she was hospitialised last year for severe weight loss. In one …

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