08 May '11, 10am

S'pore praised for progress in human rights

GENEVA - Singapore has received praise from a United Nations panel for progress it has made in several key areas of human rights. A government delegation has been meeting UN officials and ambassadors here as part of a compulsory review of human rights in all member states. During three hours of talks, there was broad support for strides made by Singapore on issues ranging from the well-being of women and children, to the promotion of racial and religious harmony. But some countries expressed concern and urged the country to establish a national institution to deal with the issue. The delegation said the country had balanced increased human rights protection for women, children, migrant workers and the disabled, while maintaining stability as its main priority. Mr Ong Keng Yong, ambassador-at-large at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said: "Trade-offs between different kinds o...

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