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Forum Asia strongly condemns sodomy conviction of Malaysia’s opposition leader

Forum Asia, a regional human rights group has issued a statement to condemn the decision by the Malaysian Federal Court to uphold the conviction against Malaysia’s opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and calls for the Malaysian government to repeal all repressive laws, including the sodomy law, the Sedition Act and the Peaceful Assembly Act. The human rights organisation …

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No choice but to return home

By Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.) Thirty year old Khairul has been working in Singapore since 2009. The oldest son in the household, he left his home in Bangladesh and came to Singapore in hopes of making money to support his family. He has one older sister and three younger brothers. On the 30th of April in 2014, Khairul arrived …

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Help women by providing more care for elderly, children, disabled: AWARE on Budget

The Association of Women for Action & Research (AWARE) has issued its annual set of recommendations for the national Budget through the public consultation portal REACH on 29 January, urging the government to develop a care-giving infrastructure that provides adequate care of the elderly, children and disabled people, rather than expect women to provide care by leaving the workforce. ” We …

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Rationale of Court of Appeal on 377A “against human rights norms”: MARUAH

The rationale used by the Court of Appeal to declare Section 377A of the Penal Code constitutional “goes against international human rights norms” and is a “perilous step back for human rights in Singapore”, said human rights group MARUAH in a statement following a panel discussion on Sunday on the same subject matter. MARUAH’s president Braema Mathi issued the statement on …

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Human Right Watch 2015 report on Singapore

By Human Right Watch World Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. Below is the report by Human Rights Watch on Singapore Singapore’s government limits political and civil rights—especially freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association—using overly broad …

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Singapore citizens increasingly seek to assert rights online: HRW

Singapore’s government further restricted freedom of expression and assembly in 2014, and turned back gains in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. However, Singaporean citizens increasingly sought to assert their rights in public spaces and through social media. “The Singapore government is pulling strings behind the scenes to hinder …

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ASEAN’s largest civil society forum hands official statement to ASEAN governments

  PETALING JAYA. ASEAN’s largest civil society forum released a collective statement today. The statement highlights “regional priorities and overarching cross-cutting concerns” issues, and also provides recommendations to address them. The statement, by the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (APF) 2015, was released ahead of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, taking place on 26 and 27 January. “We hope that through this …

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Human Rights Watch deeply concerned on fining and punishment against M Ravi

Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch on the fining and punishment of lawyer M. Ravi in Singapore. “Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned that the disciplinary sanctions and significant fines against Ravi are being imposed to punish him for his important human rights work on behalf of LGBT people, migrant workers and others. If this is the …

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2014, the year of New Power in Singapore?

By Gangasudhan Singapore has predominately been based on ‘old power’ from independence into the 21st century, where a top-down, wealth-driven structure dictates the way things are done for the entire population on the island. This is not unique to Singapore though, and many corporations and nations alike still adhere to such a paradigm. However, many places around the world have …

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