13 Mar '18, 12am

Singapore: Reject Sweeping Public Order Bill

Singapore: Reject Sweeping Public Order Bill

close roads; impose cordons or curfews; conduct arrests, searches, and seizures without warrants; restrict the freedom of movement of specified individuals; and order the dispersal of an assembly or procession. Police are specifically authorized to enforce their orders with “such force as is necessary,” including the use of lethal weapons. The bill specifies that a sit-down protest that “impede[s] the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and interfere[s] with normal trade of business activities in the area” could be considered a “serious incident”, justifying activation of these powers. United Nations rights experts have noted the mere fact that a protest may disrupt traffic or interfere with business is not a basis for ordering it to disperse , yet this law would permit not only dispersal of a peaceful assembly that is blocking traffic, but also other serious restrict...

Full article: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/12/singapore-reject-swee...

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