27 Apr '12, 4pm

Dr. Chee should be permitted to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum

Dr. Chee should be permitted to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum

The concept of human rights sits uncomfortably with Singaporeans. As a country, we have oft been accused of being economical with press freedom, freedom of speech and the like. These allegations have no doubt caused Singaporeans to become defensive, both at a governmental level and at an ordinary citizen level. So ready to deflect any perceived criticisms we are that we often employ the “strike first” approach. It doesn’t matter if what’s being said is objectively reasonable or if it is warranted. If it is from a foreign source, we immediately disregard it as “foreign intervention”. In so doing, we limit ourselves, lock ourselves in with “small country syndrome” and conflate the concept of human rights with a misplaced idea of nationalism and “Asian values”. The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) The OFF is a conference about human rights. It aims to bring together world leaders inc...

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