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新加坡民主党声明:
部长们在林俊辉跳楼自杀身亡事件上噤声!

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林俊辉的自杀身亡这是一起原本可以避免的悲剧!

新加坡民主党仅此向林俊辉家人之际沉痛的哀悼,

他们在思想上是完全不具备成熟的和在行动上也不具备是一个成年人的条件。这就是为什么司法与社会方面对待儿童与成年人不同之处。

这是一个极普及的道理。它指导着当局在处理未成年人的问题时必须谨慎小心处理。然而,当局还是派了5名警察逮捕一个青少年。

即便是警方认为青少年可能不会与他们合作或者进行反抗和逃走,这孩子有那个跑多远呢?再进一步说,即使青少年成功逃脱,警方难道无法与他的家人、学校和同学联系吗?

同时,警方派遣了这么多的人员去逮捕林俊辉,是要显示警方的强势思想意识把他带到审讯室。

学校当局必须知道自己承担的责任是什么!重重之重是保护学生的福利及其家人的利益。学校当局怎么做并不妨碍执法人员执行任务。即便可能是妨碍执法人员的执行任务,在另一方面来说,它可以避免类似李开会的悲剧的发生。

但是,这在某些环节上是令人感到不安的。

律政部、教育部和内政部等在林俊辉跳楼死亡事件上至今还继续保持缄默。这起造成一个青少年自杀导致一系列涉及警方和学校的处理态度。起码,这些部门的部长们应该对局势发表看法和如何解决,以及今后如何避免类似事件重演。

与其呼吁重视这起事件,《今日网站》(Todayonline)却打出一个标题:“议员们欢迎警方重新检讨涉及有关在审讯青少年的程序”。

为什么议员们和媒体不是呼吁调查是在这样的环境下导致14岁青少年在完成了警方的审讯后自杀?反之,他们首先欢迎警方重新检讨涉及有关在审讯青少年的程序!

在任何发展中国家,在审讯青少年时,依据标准程序(standard operating procedures (SOPs)是需要在父母或者监护人、或者律师的陪同下进行审讯的。这个标准程序(standard operating procedures (SOPs)同时要求警方必须在录音情况下进行审讯。如果不具备这些保护青少年权利的措施——事实上这也是适用于所有在接受警方进行审讯的。

我们根本就不知道在警方进行三小时的审讯过程中,林俊辉是受到这样的待遇。

社会各界对于这起事件是感到失望和期盼政府给予圆满的答复。

黄素枝

黄素仪博士

新加坡民主党主席

 

Ministers’ silence on Benjamin Lim’s suicide troubling

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The SDP expresses our deepest sympathies to the family of Benjamin Lim. His suicide is a tragedy that could have been avoided.

There is a reason why the law and society treat minors differently from adults: They are presumed to not possess the full maturity in thought and deed as adults. Common sense would have indicated to the authorities to proceed with caution when dealing with minors. Yet, five police officers were dispatched to arrest the boy.

Even if the police were concerned that Benjamin would not be co-operative and could overpower the officers and escape, how far could he have run? And even if he did make a getaway, did the police not have his family, school and classmates that they could contact?

Also of concern is whether the number of officers sent to arrest Benjamin signaled an aggressive police mindset that was carried over into the interrogation room.

School officials must be aware that their duty is, first and foremost, to protect students’ welfare as well as their families’ interests. Doing this would not impede law enforcement officers from carrying out their duty. It would, on the other hand, help to prevent tragedies like Benjamin’s suicide from taking place.
But there is something else that is equally disconcerting. The Ministers for Law, Education, and Home Affairs have kept silent on the matter. Given that a teenager has committed suicide resulting from a series of actions involving the police and the school, it behooves the Ministers to, at the minimum, address the situation and see how the matter is resolved and future incidents prevented.
Instead of looking into the matter, Todayonline runs a headline saying: “MPs, experts laud police review of interview process involving minors”. Why are MPs and the media not speaking up on investigating the circumstances that led to a 14-year-old committing suicide after police interrogation? Instead, they are lauding the review of a procedure that should not have been in practice in the first place.

In any developed country, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) would require minors to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or lawyer during interrogation. Its SOPs would also require video recordings of all police interrogations. Without these protections of minors’ rights – indeed the rights of all persons under interrogation – we will never know the treatment meted out to Benjamin during the three hours or so in police custody.

The public is upset over this incident and deserves full accounting from the Government.

黄素枝

Dr Wong Souk Yee

Chairperson
Singapore Democratic Party

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