Official complaint to Amnesty International on violation of minors’ rights
International Amnesty (via email dated 8 March)
We are filing a official complaint to Amnesty International for the Singapore government’s violation of minors’ rights according to UN Article 40 on The Convention of the Rights of the Child:-
2B II states that “To be informed promptly and directly of the charges against him or her, and, if appropriate, through his or her parents or legal guardians and to have legal or other appropriate assistance in the preparation and presentation of his or her defence”.
A Singaporean 14-year-old child Benjamin Lim took his own life on 26th Jan 2016 after he was hauled from his secondary school to the police station for interrogation on a molestation charge unaccompanied by anyone due to our state police protocol.
Current police protocol specifies that there should not be any Adult Accompaniment when the minor is being picked up by the police from the school to the police station for interrogation nor when he is undergoing interrogation at the police station.
Current police protocol also disallows any legal access both for minors and adults during ongoing police interrogation.
We hope that Amnesty International will look into the legal rights of minors and adults here while under going police interrogation as anything we say during the investigation will be held against us in the court of law.
The failure of the provision of CCTV coverage during police interrogation is also in violation of basic human rights.
Many of us are later coerced to sign on the police interrogation sheet without any legal assistance.
We are organising a protest against minors’ rights as soon as we get the green light from the authorities and will revert on the date.
Awaiting your response on this matter.
Thanks & Warmest Regards,