In the context of the UPR, Amnesty International has made the following recommendations to Singapore
• To immediately impose a moratorium on executions, with a view to complete abolition of the death penalty;
• To make public information about past executions and death sentences handed down by the courts;
• To review the Penal Code and the Misuse of Drugs Act, with a view to repealing all provisions on mandatory death sentencing and removing all presumption of guilt clauses.
• To repeal or reform the ISA and the CLTPA to ensure compliance with international human rights law and standards, in particular ending all detentions without charge or trial.
Freedom of expression, association and assembly
• To abolish the criminal defamation law;
• To ensure the protection and promotion of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association through legislative reform and policy changes;
• To ensure, through legislative and other measures, protection of the right to freedom of expression to both citizens and non-citizens in Singapore;
• To reform the Sedition Act, the Undesirable Publications Act, the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, the Films Act, the Public Order Act, the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, the Trade Unions Act and the Societies Act to ensure that the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association are respected and protected in accordance with international law and standards.
Torture and other ill-treatment
• To immediately put a stop to caning as a form of punishment, and to repeal all laws providing for this punishment.
Cooperation with the UN human rights mechanisms
• To extend invitations to the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and other UN Special Procedures who wish to visit Singapore, and to ensure that their recommendations are seriously considered.
Migrant Worker rights
• To establish a system with adequate funding to assist migrant workers seeking redress for their unlawful treatment, particularly in disputes with their employers over pay or working conditions;
• To amend the Employment of Foreign Workers Act to include domestic workers.
Ratification of international human rights instruments
• To accede to and implement under national law the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court, and to sign, ratify and implement without delay International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and its Optional Protocol, opting-in to its inquiry and inter-state procedures, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols, and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Singapore: Amnesty International's submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review
Other Amnesty International documents on Singapore