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Southeast Asia and the Pacific: James Gomez joins Amnesty International as new Regional Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce the appointment of James Gomez as the human rights organization’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The appointment underscores Amnesty International’s commitment to the region, moving closer to the ground to ensure a more impactful presence where human rights abuses are taking place. “Across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, people are facing a relentless assault on their rights, Amnesty International is mounting a robust response to drive change on the ground,” said Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations.

Date:
15 June 2017
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  • Singapore
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Singapore: Restrictions to LGBT gathering another attempt to suppress activism

Singapore authorities must immediately revoke a new requirement that requires that entrances to a peaceful assembly are barricaded, and that people will be subjected to identity checks in order to enter. This restriction is another attempt by authorities to restrict and suppress peaceful activism in Singapore. On 30 May, organisers of Pink Dot - an annual gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their friends, families and supporters of LGBT rights - announced that police will require barricades around the perimeter of Hong Lim Park, where the event is scheduled to be held.

Date:
1 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 36/6386/2017
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  • Singapore
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: Scheduled execution for drug trafficking must be halted

Amnesty International today called on the Singapore authorities to halt the execution of a Singaporean man scheduled for Friday 19 May 2017 and to immediately re-establish a moratorium on all executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. Muhammad Ridzuan Bin Md Ali, a 32 year old-Singaporean national, was sentenced to death on 10 April 2013 after he was convicted of trafficking diamorphine under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/6280/2017
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  • Singapore
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: authorities must halt execution of Singaporean man convicted of drug trafficking

The family of Mohd Jeefrey bin Jamil, a Singaporean national, were notified on 17 April that the President had rejected his clemency petition and that his execution has been scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 21 April. Mohd Jeefrey bin Jamil, now 52 years old, was convicted on 28 November 2014 after he was found in possession of 45. 26 grams of diamorphine and automatically presumed to be trafficking the substance in March 2012.

Date:
20 April 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/6097/2017
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  • Singapore
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Singapore: Authorities given broad new powers to police protests

Amendments to Singapore’s Public Order Act adopted by its parliament give police and other officials broad and arbitrary powers to further limit or ban public assemblies and protests, said Amnesty International today. As of 3 April, organizers of public events will have to adhere to strict measures including applying for a permit at least 28 days in advance and informing the police of the estimated size of the gathering.

Date:
4 April 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Time for ASEAN to take human rights seriously

This year, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marks 50 years of its existence. The region is a source of envy when it comes to economic progress, boasting the highest levels of economic growth seen anywhere outside China and India. But when it comes to human rights, there’s been a marked regression. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, they have rivalled each other when it comes to invoking crude, draconian laws to restrict people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
25 February 2017
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  • Singapore
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: Halt execution now

Singapore must immediately halt the execution of Chijioke Stephen Obioha, a Nigerian national on death row for possession of drugs, Amnesty International said today. On Wednesday, Chijioke Stephen Obioha’s family was informed that his appeal for clemency has been rejected. He is set to be executed on Friday 18 November 2016. “The Singapore government still has time to halt the execution of Chijioke Stephen Obioha.

Date:
16 November 2016
  • News
  • Singapore
  • Death Penalty

Singapore: Halt imminent execution of Nigerian man convicted of drug-related crimes

The Singapore government must grant clemency to a Nigerian man set to be executed for drug trafficking next week, Amnesty International said. Chijioke Stephen Obioha will be hanged on 18 November unless President Tony Tan commutes his death sentence, which was imposed as the mandatory punishment for trafficking. “Singapore is a week away from brutally ending the life of Chijioke Stephen Obioha for a crime that international law and standards make clear should not be punished by death,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Campaigns Director for Southeast Asia.

Date:
13 November 2016
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  • Singapore
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Singapore: Contempt of court bill is a threat to freedom of expression

Singapore’s Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill is a broad and vaguely worded law that will impose yet another undue restriction on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today. “Under the guise of protecting the judicial system, the new law threatens to criminalise people for criticising the courts or the administration of justice in Singapore,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
16 August 2016
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Singapore: Amnesty International regrets Singapore’s resumption of executions and its lack of commitment to the right to freedom of expression

Amnesty International deeply regrets Singapore’s decision to resume executions in 2014 despite the initial progress in reviewing the Misuse of Drugs Act 2012 and the Penal Code Act 2012 with a view to establishing a moratorium on executions, as recommended to Singapore during its first UPR in 2011.

Date:
24 June 2016
Ref:
ASA 36/4320/2016