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Prosperity versus individual rights?

Prosperity versus individual rights?

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Human rights, democracy and the
rule of law in Singapore
Human rights, democracy and the
rule of law in Singapore

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Prosperity versus individualrights?
Human rights, democracy and therule of law in Singapore
July 2008
An International Bar AssociationHuman Rights Institute Report
 
International Bar Association
10th Floor, 1 Stephen StreetLondon W1T 1ATUnited Kingdomtel: +44 (0)20 7691 6868. ax: +44 (0)20 7691 6544www.ibanet.orgMaterial contained in this report may be reelyquoted or reprinted, provided credit is givento the International Bar Association.
 
July 2008 Prosperity versus individual rights? Human rights, democracy and rule of law in Singapore
Contents
Executive summary
..........................................................................................................................................5 
A. Introduction
.....................................................................................................................................11 
B. A brief political and economic history of Singapore
....................................................................1 
C. Singapore’s conception of human rights
......................................................................................17 
D. Singapore’s international rankings
................................................................................................21 
E. Current human rights issues
..........................................................................................................21. Freedom o expression ..................................................................................................................2Singapore’s obligations under international law ......................................................................2The use o deamation laws to stife political opposition and expression .......................................26 
 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam
...................................................................................................0 
Tang Liang Hong
.....................................................................................................................5 
Chee Soon Juan
.......................................................................................................................7Restrictions on the reedom o the press .......................................................................................9 
Far Eastern Economic Review 
...................................................................................................40 
International Herald Tribune
.....................................................................................................41 
The Economist 
.........................................................................................................................41 
FinanceAsia
.............................................................................................................................42Government control over the media in Singapore .........................................................................42 
 Asian Wall Street Journal 
.........................................................................................................44Restrictions on the internet ...........................................................................................................45 
Sintercom
................................................................................................................................47 
Chen Jiahao
.............................................................................................................................482. The independence o the judiciary ................................................................................................49 
 Judge Michael Khoo
................................................................................................................55 
The trend of the courts in defamation cases
............................................................................59 
The courts in the Jeyaretnam appeal 
........................................................................................60. Rights o assembly ........................................................................................................................62 
Falun Gong – Mrs Ng Chye Huay and Mrs Cheng Liujin
............................................................644. The role o the Singapore Law Society in promoting law reorm ....................................................65
F. Conclusion
............................................................................................................................................69
G. Recommendations
..............................................................................................................................71

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