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Authorities Repress Critical Voices, Independent Media

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Jolovan Wham participates in a silent protest with eight other activists on an MRT train in Singapore, June 3, 2017
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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…
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Government Hurdle for International Corporate Sponsors Leads to Local Business Support

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A woman wrapped in the rainbow flag is seen at the Pink Dot rally, Singapore's annual gay pride rally, at a park in Singapore July 1, 2017.
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Recent moves by Singapore's government to change its notoriously narrow public order law to further restrict free speech came as no surprise. But the specificity and persistence of the moves by the country's home affairs ministry -- first, in June, a…
Participants at the annual Pink Dot Singapore event, in Singapore on June 28 2014.
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Premier’s Visit is Chance to Address Censorship, LGBT Protections

(Washington, DC) – United States President Barack Obama should press visiting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to address the Singapore government’s severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. President Obama will meet with…
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Barack Obama deliver remarks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 22, 2015.
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Re: State Visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

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Government Presses Foreign Sponsors of PinkDot Festival

(New York) – The government of Singapore should rescind its call for foreign corporations to cease sponsorship of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) diversity event, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the home affairs minister. The…
© 2014 Reuters. Participants gather for the 2014 PinkDot celebration in Singapore.
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Repeal Retrograde Law Banning Consensual Sex Relations Between Adult Men

(Berlin) – 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. The court decision sends a…
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And Tango Makes Three is a children’s book about two adult male penguins who hatch an egg and raise a youngster. It is based on the true story of two penguins, Roy and Silo, of New York’s Central Park Zoo. And, in the view of Singapore’s National Library…
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City-state Undercuts Status as Financial Center by Expanding Media Censorship to Web

(New York) – The Singaporean government should withdraw an onerous new licensing requirement for online news sites. The new rules will further discourage independent commentary and reporting on the Internet in Singapore. On May 28, 2013, the Media…
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Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

(New York) - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to combat, Human Rights Watch said today…