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Singapore Public Order Bill a threat to peaceful protest and free speech

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13.03.2018

SINGAPORE’S new public order law is an attempt to “scare” the public and will only “empower the government to repress freedom of assembly and speech,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday.

The rights group advised the government to revise the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill, which was introduced in Parliament on Feb 27, to ensure that protection of public safety does not violate fundamental rights.

“The Singaporean government’s history of persecuting dissenting voices makes the proposed public order law particularly frightening,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “Public protests are not a threat that justify the wholescale repeal of basic rights.”

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