林俊辉是被5名便衣警方人员从自己就读的学校（德贤中学NORTH VIEW SECONDARY SCHOOL）带回宏茂桥警察区域总部进行盘问的。他被带走时并没有任何人（家长、法定监护人或者学校教职员）陪同他。或者等到他的母亲抵达学校见他。
我们也在此要求新加坡政府修改有关的法律条文，明确规定有关孩子的年龄的定义。新加坡是国际《儿童权利保护公约》（Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC）的签署国之一。在此公约约定下，孩子的年龄的定义是在18岁以下。目前在新加坡的法律约定下孩子的年龄的定义是在14岁以下。那些介于14岁到16岁的年龄的孩子被定义为‘年轻人’。这是与《儿童权利保护公约》（Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC）有关确定儿童年龄的定义是完全不一致的。
We, the undersigned, are saddened to hear of the tragic death of 14-year-old Benjamin Lim, who was found dead under his flat on the same day after he was questioned, arrested and released on bail by the police for an alleged outrage of modesty offence.
Benjamin was taken from his school to Ang Mo Kio Police Division Headquarters for questioning by five plainclothes policemen. He was not accompanied by anyone from the school, nor did the police wait until his mother had made her way to the school to see her son.
Benjamin’s case has highlighted the fact that current police protocol does not require minors to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or lawyer during interrogation.
We are encouraged to hear that the police are reviewing their own procedures when it comes to cases involving minors. We would like to express our support for this review, and hope that it will result in minors being accompanied by their legal counsel or at least a trained counsellor during questioning.
We would also like to urge the Singapore government to amend our legislation to provide clear definitions as to the age limits under which one would be considered a child. Under the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), which Singapore has signed, a child is defined as anyone below the age of 18. Currently, under Singapore law, a child is defined as being below the age of 14, with individuals between the age of 14 and 16 being defined as “young persons”, which is not in line with the definition as set out in the CRC.
We believe that transparency is important when it comes to police investigations, especially when minors are involved. To that end, we support the police’s piloting of video recordings during questioning, and urge Parliament to pass legislation that would require video recordings of all police interrogations.