Welcome to Human Rights Singapore Portal. The Portal is intended to give freedom of speech and allow transparency for the attention of the world on the Internet, and to raise public consciousness about the many Human Rights Abuses which are committed, but mostly covered up and silenced in Singapore. World opinion on Human Rights in Singapore, is almost nonexistent, dues to the covering up and silencing of critics imposed by the Government.
The Lack of a Right to Lawful Protest and Demonstration
The Public Order Act is a law which allows authorities to prevent an individual from leaving home or a building, if it is deemed that that person intended or intends to be part of a demonstration. Police are also allowed to order a person to leave a specific area should they determine an intention of offence
This is strengthened even more when we consider the statement of Chee Soon Juan, leader of the Singapore Democratic Party argues that the law is intended “for the long run” to silence discontent against the government.
This extends to Self-Censorship of the Press due to fear of retribution, and even to Foreigners in other countries who express negative opinions about Singapore and its Policies, as can be seen in the case of the British journalist, Alan Shadrake, who was convicted in Singapore in 2010, found guilty of contempt of court for scandalising the Singapore judicial system. This allegation and subsequent punishment (silencing) arose through Mr. Shadrake’s published views on the country’s criminal justice system.
Left; Alan Shadrake outside Supreme Court in Singapore. Human Rights Watch Organisation said in its World Report 2012. that “The Singapore government should cease violating fundamental free expression rights, citing self-serving historical and cultural justifications, that only tarnish Singapore’s global image”,
Dissent and Protest is almost impossible, due to Singapore’s Virtual Ban on Public Gatherings, even Ethnic Religious or Street Music Festivals, which are not allowed to be held since Singapore’s 1973 Ban on the playing of Music during the Thaipusam festival. Many Singaporeans go to Malaysia to the Baku Caves, due to the lack of freedom of Cultural Expression in the highly restricted Singaporean Thaipusam Festival.
Many people both in Singapore and those watching from around the world, believe that the music Ban during Thaipusam, is more about restricting the right to gather and rejoice, and to deny ethnicities their cultural rights to freedom of expression, than anything else. It does not come into question that Singapore silences its Critics, and restricts its Citizens from having freedom of speech and the right to Gather, and so it does not really need much intelligence to see that Singapore is clearly using law for the suppression of public opinion and to maintain a very strict control over its people, which steps over the line where Human Rights are concerned. hence, this, and other websites have begun to appear, to bring the matter to light. Hopefully, the internet, social sharing, and Public International Opinion will help to push the Singaporean State to stop oppressing its own people, and even to wrongfully use their sovereignty laws to harm Foreigners who express a negative opinion (such as Alan Shadrake).
It is a Human Rights abuse to forbid the Folk to celebrate and play Music in Public in the Opinion of this Website; “Article 15(4) of the Constitution, gives the executive branch of the government the broad authority to restrict the practice of religion in accordance with the law“. (source “Sweet Music, Noise or Public Disorder?“
Major Issues which are seen to be deficient and failing in regard to Many Articles in the current Declaration of Human Rights;
Freedom of Expression
Capital Punishment (Execution and Judicial Caning)
The Rights of the Child
The right of freedom to leave and enter one’s own country (as stipulated in the World Commission on Rights of the Child article 10, and in the Declaration of Human Rights article 13 (1, and 2).
Rights of Ethnic Minorities
Treatment of Migrant Workers
Internal Security Act
International Parental Child Abduction
Men’s Rights and Women’s Rights
The questionability of the Women’s Society having a strong Power-Hold on the Singaporean Family Justice – how the Family Justice gives unfair treatment to Men in cases of Divorce and Custody, due to the influence of the Women’s Society
Freedom of Association, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Press – Self Censorship of the Press and Media
Unfair Laws to punish Homosexual Men, with none for punishing Gay Women – Gay Human Rights Abuse.
Our Opinion on the Alan Shadrake Matter
On July 9 the 76-year old British author Alan Shadrake completed his contempt of court sentence for “scandalising the judiciary” by alleging in his book, Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, that the ruling party had interfered in court decisions involving capital punishment. He was immediately deported.
Alan Shadrake’s removal of right to freedom of expression should have caused the British Government to take issue with Singapore, for it is a direct denial of the Kingdom of Great Britain’s right to freedom of speech for their people. If the U.K. would arrest and Imprison a Singaporean for criticising our laws, the Singaporean State would take issue with the UK. But not the other way around. Singapore is not being sanctioned for their abuse of the rights of other Countries’ Citizens, which is mainly due to the United nations, never take action, unless a complainant presents a stack of expensively filed affidavits which can be accepted as sufficient evidence.
Most Human Rights Abuses and State Committed Atrocities never come to light or are prosecuted, because it takes tens of thousands of dollars and lawyers just to take issue with something and prosecute it.
Governments do not prosecute other Governments, for abuses against their own citizens. Only the citizen abused can make his or her own prosecution, which would require a minimum of 50,000 to 150,000$ to undertake. hence, only the rich can fight for their rights.