Singapore’s political environment is overwhelmingly repressive. Citizens face severe restrictions on free expression, association, and peaceful assembly through overly broad criminal laws and regulations. The government has aggressively enforced a sweeping “online falsehoods” law that permits government ministers to order the “correction” or removal of online content. The rights of LGBT people are severely curtailed, and sexual relations between men remain a criminal offense. There are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Soaring Covid-19 cases among the city-state’s many migrant workers highlighted the cramped, unhygienic dormitories in which most must live.

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