In the lead-up to general elections on 10 July, today, the ICJ, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) urged all political parties and parliamentary candidates in Singapore to commit to respecting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms as part of their mandate.
The organizations urged all political parties and parliamentary candidates to address concerns raised by these laws and ensure fundamental freedoms – including the rights to expression, information, association and peaceful assembly – remain at the forefront of the debate in Singapore.
The open letter is available here.
In a 2019 ICJ report on freedom of expression and information online across Southeast Asia, the ICJ highlighted how defamation provisions, the AJPA and POFMA had been wielded by the State to curtail free speech and access to information online by targeting critical dissent of the regime by human rights defenders, lawyers, independent media outlets and members of the political opposition. The report detailed problematic provisions in the laws and selected case studies detailing this trend.
Frederick Rawski, ICJ Asia and Pacific Regional Director, e: frederick.rawski(a)icj.org
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