• Singapore’s government limits political and civil rights−especially freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association−using overly broad legal provisions on security, public order, morality, and racial and religious harmony. It continues to use the Internal Security Act and Criminal Law to arrest and administratively detain persons for virtually unlimited periods of time without charge or judicial review. And although the scope has been narrowed, a mandatory death penalty for certain crimes is still in effect as is mandatory caning for some classes of crimes. In 2014 top government leaders reiterated that Singapore society is not yet ready to accept LGBT rights.

  • People walk past the Supreme Court in Singapore January 22, 2014.

    A Singapore Supreme Court ruling on October 29, 2014 to uphold the country’s ban on same-sex relations between consenting adult men is a major setback for equal rights in Singapore, Human Rights Watch said today.

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