15 Jun '18, 1am

Singapore: End Broad Restrictions on Speech

(Bangkok) – The Singapore government should end the use of overly broad criminal and civil laws to restrict freedom of expression in the city-state, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should revise or repeal its defamation, sedition and contempt laws to bring them into line with international human rights law. In a June 11, 2018 interview with CNN, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated that Singaporeans can say or publish what they want, “subject to the laws of sedition, libel and contempt.” Those laws, along with a range of regulatory measures, impose severe restrictions on the rights to freedom of speech in Singapore. “There is little real freedom in Singapore to speak critically of the government or the courts, or to peacefully protest state policies,” said Phil Robertson , deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Singapore’s broad laws on contempt, sedit...

Full article: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/14/singapore-end-broad-r...

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