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HRC32 Oral Statement – Thematic Report by the High Commissioner, General Debate
22 June 2016 11:14 am

32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Thematic reports by the High Commissioner – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 21 June 2016 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the High Commissioner’s practical recommendations for the creation and [ Read more ]

Singapore: Stop harassing online activists and curbing online freedom
3 June 2016 8:08 pm

(Bangkok, 3 June 2016) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member, Think Centre are gravely concerned about the legal harassment of two online activists, Roy Ngerng and Teo Soh Lung. They are currently under police investigation for allegedly breaching the election law by posting election related content on their Facebook [ Read more ]

Singapore: Yee’s guilty verdict is a sad indication of the limits of free speech
14 May 2015 11:13 am

By Marte Hellema and Joses Kuan As the world responds to the guilty verdict of Amos Yee, thoughts should not just focus on how a 16-year-old ended up in this predicament, but on what it says about the state of affairs in Singapore today. Yee was found guilty of two charges under the Penal Code, [ Read more ]

Singapore: Government Again Uses Strong-arm Tactics Against Citizen Blogger
26 May 2014 4:11 pm

(Bangkok, 26 May 2014) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expressed its regret at the Prime Minister of Singapore’s threat to pursue legal action against blogger Roy Ngerng, which it views as the latest attempt to undermine freedom of expression in the country. The regional human rights group called on the [ Read more ]

Joint Press Statement 7 June 2013 Singapore: Withdraw Repressive Licensing Regime of Online News Sites
7 June 2013 5:58 pm

(Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur/Singapore) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Southeast Asian Centre for e-Media (SEACeM) and Think Centre register our serious concern at the introduction of a licensing regime to regulate online news sites by the Media Development Authority (MDA), an agency under the Ministry of Communications and [ Read more ]

Singapore: Punitive action against bus drivers on strike condemned
5 December 2012 10:38 am

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemned the detention and prosecution by the Singapore authorities against the bus drivers who went on strike over a wage dispute on 26 and 27 November 2012. The Bangkok-based regional human rights organisation, representing 47 NGOs in 16 countries across Asia, further called for their immediate [ Read more ]

18th HRC Regular Session: Oral Statement on the UPR Plenary on Singapore
22 September 2011 5:53 pm

18th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Singapore Thank you, Madam President. The government of Singapore’s central argument during the UPR Working Group session on 6 May 2011 was that a “balance” between economic prosperity and restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms are necessary in [ Read more ]

UN’s Human Rights Review of Singapore: All Rights Are Derogable Upon National Context?
6 May 2011 9:00 pm

(7 May 2011, Geneva/Singapore) – On the eve of Singapore’s most hotly contested Parliamentary elections, the country underwent its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN member States once every four years under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council. During [ Read more ]

URGENT: Petition to grant clemency for Yong Vui Kong
15 August 2010 11:35 pm

FORUM-ASIA, together with its members in Malaysia and Singapore, SUARAM and Think Centre, and other NGOs, appeal for your support in campaigning for clemency for Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian arrested in Singapore for drug trafficking when he was 18 years old. On January 2009, the Singapore court delivered the death sentence to Yong, which [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA denounces the imposition of mandatory death penalty in Singapore
24 June 2010 12:00 pm

(Bangkok, 25 June 2010) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) denounces the imposition of the death penalty in January 2009 on Mr. Yong Vui Kong, 22 years old, for trafficking 47 grams of diamorphine (heroin). Despite his appeal to the Singapore Court of Appeal, the Malaysian national’s plea against the mandatory death sentence was dismissed on 14 May [ Read more ]