Tag Archives: civil society

Han Hui Hui appealing cancellation of permit and ban on HLP

On behalf of client Han Hui Hui, lawyer M Ravi has submitted a letter of demand to the National Parks Board and an appeal to the Minister for National Development, requesting for the ban on Ms Han to use Speakers’ Corner be reversed and future restrictions lifted. Ms Han had her earlier approved permit to use Speakers’ Corner on 25 October …

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MARUAH expresses concern about cancellation of approvals for Speakers’ Corner event

Local Non-government Organisation, MARUAH expresses their concern over the cancellation of approvals granted to the organisers of “Return our CPF” protest and states that this move undermines the presumption of innocence which underpins the rule of law which will have an effect on free speech in Singapore. MARUAH’s statement in full MARUAH is deeply concerned about the cancellation of approvals granted for …

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Living with Myths and revisiting Singapore’s popular history  

By Terry Xu The banning of “To Singapore With Love” and the corresponding response from the Singapore government toward it would have sparked renewed interest in the history of Singapore. Not all of such interest, however, is directed at the re-print of “The Battle For Merger”, the transcripts of a series of radio broadcasts by former Prime Minister Leee Kuan …

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MARUAH: Replace CDCs with elected non-partisan councils

Local human rights non-government organisation (NGO) MARUAH, in its 4th position paper of their ongoing project “Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections”, called for existing Community Development Councils (CDCs) to be replaced with councils led by citizen-elected non-partisan mayors, and for such councils to be funded by the government. MARUAH member, Mr Kao Zi Jian presented the NGO’s position paper on how …

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MARUAH: More transparency needed in electoral boundary review

Local human rights Non-government Orginsation (NGO) MARUAH in its’ 3rd position paper of their ongoing project, “Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections” calls for an independent Electoral Boundary Review Committee (EBRC) to be formed and more transparency on how electoral boundaries are drawn and for polling data at the precinct level. Mr Ngiam Shih Tung, a MURUAH member in his …

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What to do if you are hauled up for police interview

By Teo Soh Lung, a retired lawyer and ISA detainee In view of the police interview which Han Hui Hui was subjected to last night, here are some quick notes just in case if you are being being hauled up to the police station. Every activist is prone to being summoned to the police station, usually to answer questions relating to …

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“Tyranny of the majority”

by Teo Soh Lung “… the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” – John Stuart …

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“Diminished democracy will cause more harm to its people”

The following is a statement by Jolovan Wham and Rachel Zeng, organisers of Democracy Now! Singapore in Solidarity with Hong Kong, in response to Singapore Law Minister, Mr K Shanmugam’s remarks about Occupy Central protest in Hong Kong. In an interview with the Chinese daily, Lianhe Zaobao, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr K Shanmugam said that Hong Kongers should be happy with Beijing’s offer …

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Death penalty as life-saving deterrent: fact or rhetoric?

By Second Chances, Singapore Anti-death penalty campaign and Think Center The following was a letter the Singapore Working Group on the Death Penalty – a coalition made up of Second Chances, the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign and Think Centre – submitted to the Straits Times Forum. The letter was not chosen for publication. We refer to the Law Minister’s comments as …

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Project 50/100 seeking interns for event management

Project 50/100, the alternative celebration for Singapore’s 50th anniversary next year, is looking for interns to help the project manager and the steering committee put together and manage Project 50/100’s series of events. The group is seeking talented and motivated interns who want to make a difference to society and to learn from the challenge of executing an interesting, challenging and unprecedented community …

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