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Singapore: Drop investigations under abusive contempt of court law

, Index number: ASA 36/2034/2020

Singapore authorities should immediately drop politically motivated investigations against human rights lawyer M Ravi, editor of an independent news website Terry Xu, as well as two others for contempt of court and cease their harassment of human rights defenders and government critics, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, CIVICUS, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. The investigations are the latest in a crackdown on Singaporean human rights defenders and independent media ahead of elections, expected as early as this year. They are yet another example of the government’s use of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act (AJPA) to silence critics.

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