Tag: Human rights

Singapore tightened free expression restrictions last year: Human Rights Watch

Singapore placed greater restrictions on the country's already sharply curtailed free expression rights last year, according to the latest report from Human Rights Watch. The report cites the country’s law aimed at tackling online falsehoods, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma), which...

Should art be political? U2 stirs up controversy for politically-charged concert in Manila

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Manila, Philippines—Music lovers braved hours in traffic just to see Irish rock band U2, who performed their very first concert at the Philippine Arena on Wednesday night, December 11. Some fans who were only expecting the musicians to bring on the music were shocked at...

China says it will continue ‘training’ Xinjiang people

China on Monday defended its vast network of re-education camps in Xinjiang and said it would continue "training" residents, following explosive government document leaks detailing surveillance and control of the region's Uighur population. Rights groups estimate more than a million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim...

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after criticism from European leaders

China on Thursday defended its security crackdown in Xinjiang after French and German leaders condemned its mass detention of religious minorities in the region. The French foreign ministry on Wednesday called on China to "put an end to mass arbitrary detentions" in Xinjiang. German chancellor Angela...

Israel to expel Human Rights Watch country director

by Joe Dyke Israel was set to expel the country director of Human Rights Watch on Monday after a lengthy court battle over claims he supports a boycott of the Jewish state. US citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the...

Uighur researchers say China running more camps than known

by Shaun TANDON Uighur activists said Tuesday they have documented nearly 500 camps and prisons run by China to detain members of the ethnic group, alleging that Beijing could be holding far more than the commonly cited figure of one million people. The East Turkistan National...

Jho Low granted asylum in a ‘third country’ but is he currently in China or the UAE?

Fugitive businessman and alleged mastermind of the global money-laundering 1MDB case is giving up billions that many say do not belong to him, but he remains elusive and no one from the US or Malaysia seem to be able to lay their hands on...

US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over ‘brutal’ Xinjiang abuses

The US is to blacklist 28 Chinese entities that it says are implicated in rights violations and abuses targeting Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, the commerce department announced. The United States "cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of...

On Jolovan Wham’s arrest and the making of “repression costly to the state”

Singapore – With the recent sentencing of local activist Jolovan Wham to 16 days imprisonment in place of an S$3,200 fine for holding an event without a police permit, the spotlight on human rights and the freedom of speech is as bright as ever. On...

International human rights lawyer launches website

One of Singapore’s leading human rights law advocates, M. Ravi launched his own website on February 15. The website serves as an account of his 16+ years of work as an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore back when he was practicing as an independent consultant...