Tag Archives: civil society

Statement on the arrest of Amos Yee

April 21, 2015 – For Immediate Release STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF AMOS YEE We would like to express our deep disappointment over the recent arrest of Amos Yee. Singapore is an advanced and prosperous nation. We boast a highly-educated, literate and resilient population. We should allow space for people to express diverse opinions, and, if offended, engage in robust and …

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Nominations open for Singapore Advocacy Awards 2015

Who are Singapore’s most outstanding advocates and activists? The annual search for Singapore’s most outstanding civil society organisations and individuals has begun. Nominations open today for the Singapore Advocacy Awards, which aim to recognise, affirm and celebrate civil society organisations and individuals for their outstanding initiative and positive impact on integration, diversity, solidarity, tolerance and awareness in Singapore. Three awards …

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HOME – Less than half of foreign domestic workers given weekly days off

Around one quarter of foreign domestic workers surveyed have poor mental health: HOME – Less than half are given weekly days off More than 2 out of every 10 foreign domestic workers (24%) who were surveyed in a new research by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) suffer from poor mental health. This is more severe than earlier findings …

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HOME: The Singapore Budget Disregards the Interests of Migrant Workers

Local Non-government Organsiation, Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.) issues its response towards Budget 2015. HOME welcomes the announcement that the foreign worker levy hike will be deferred for a year, and levy concessions have been made for families which hire foreign domestic workers. However, we urge the government to abolish levies completely. Since we already have policies which impose quotas …

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HOME’s responses to new Foreign Employee Dormitory Act

Migrant workers who approach HOME for assistance often live in conditions which are crowded, dirty and full of pests such as cockroaches, bed bugs and rats. It is ironic that migrant workers are housed in such appalling conditions while building luxury apartments and bungalows for Singapore By Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.) The Foreign Employee Dormitories Act has been lauded …

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AWARE applauds breakthrough Budget speech

Statement by local non-government organisation, AWARE on the Budget 2015. The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) applauds the emphasis on redistributive policies in the breakthrough Budget speech delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam today. The DPM’s statement included a welcome commitment to the government’s redistributive role ­ with increased assistance for low ­income groups supported by taxation …

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Singapore: Blogger’s conviction violates free speech

Revoke Colonial-Era ‘Scandalizing the Judiciary’ Offense (New York, February 23, 2015) – A Singapore court’s conviction of a prominent blogger for contempt of court violates his right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Alex Au Wai Pang faces a fine and imprisonment when he is sentenced on March 5, 2015. Singapore’s parliament should revise the penal code to …

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