Tag: rights

SDP urges Govt to “return hard-earned CPF savings to retirees who need the money to survive”

The Singapore Democratic Party has urged the Government to return the Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings to retirees who need the money to survive, instead of raising the basic retirement sum. The SDP's call comes after Manpower Minister Josephine Teo hinted that the CPF basic retirement...

Women killed by their partners: confronting the horror

by Marie DHUMIERES and Emmanuel DUPARCQ with Anne LEC'HVIEN On April 22, a barge picked up the body of a woman stuffed into a suitcase floating in the Oise River in Neuville north of Paris. The woman was Marie-Alice, 53, a consultant who investigators believe was...

Malaysian men caned for gay sex under Islamic law

Four Malaysian men have been caned for having gay sex in violation of Islamic laws, with activists Tuesday condemning "vicious punishments" they said highlighted a crackdown on the LGBT community. Rights group say there is a worsening climate for gays in the Muslim-majority country, where...

India strips British Modi critic of overseas citizenship

An Indian-origin British journalist critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lost his Indian overseas citizenship, a move campaigners said underlined the government's hostility to a free press. The home ministry said Thursday that Aatish Taseer had "concealed the fact that his late father was...

US executes gay man who said trial tainted by homophobia

The US state of South Dakota on Monday executed an inmate who said that jurors at his trial were prejudiced against him because he was gay. Charles Rhines, 63, was put to death by lethal injection soon after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal...

Yale in academic censorship row in Singapore

by Martin Abbugao Yale's Singapore college has become embroiled in a row about academic freedom after axing a course on dissent, with the controversy fuelling a wider debate on whether universities are compromising their values to expand abroad. The Yale-NUS College, a partnership with the National...

Jailed Uighur Ilham Tohti wins European Parliament Sakharov rights award

by Béatrice ROMAN-AMAT with Jing Xuan TENG in Beijing The European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for human rights on Thursday to Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, sentenced to life imprisonment in China for "separatism", parliamentary sources told AFP. The outspoken former professor of economics at a...

China talks up tech prowess in face of US rivalry

China on Sunday said it aims to become a "great power" in the online world and took a swipe at Washington on trade, kicking off its annual conference promoting the Communist Party's controlled and censored version of the internet. US-China rivalry is increasingly playing out...

Malaysia must scrap ‘cruel’ death penalty: Amnesty

Malaysian police sometimes use torture to extract confessions from suspects in death penalty cases and their trials are often unfair, Amnesty International said Thursday, piling pressure on the government to abolish capital punishment. The Southeast Asian country has the death penalty for dozens of crimes...

Canadian father sues Japan firm for paternity leave harassment

by Miwa SUZUKI A Canadian father who alleges he was bullied and fired by his Japanese employer after he tried to claim paternity leave appeared in a Tokyo court Wednesday to pursue his lawsuit against the firm. It is the second paternity leave harassment case to...