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陈华彪Tan Wah-Piow February 22 2017·

国际人权联盟(FIDH)总裁Dimitris Christopoulos 说”有关权力机构控告和惩罚三位抗议者一览无余的显示了当局对待新加坡人以和平方式表达异议零容忍的决心。这正是时机了,新加坡政府现在应该认真及全面改革有关自由和平集会权力的国家法律以符合国际水准。

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新加坡:声讨新加坡对三位和平抗议者的定罪

巴黎、曼谷2017年2月22日:

FIDH今天说,新加坡将三位和平抗议者不公正的判处有罪,标志了对见解和言论自由权力及自由和平集会权力的最新倒退。

新加坡高等法庭维持对活动者及博客韩慧慧(25岁)小姐按刑事法典(造成妨害公众)第290条文及公园与树本条例第23(2)(d)条的定罪及新元3,100 (美元2,179)的罚款。法庭也维持了对高祐榜(61岁) 先生和刘慧珠 (57岁) 小姐的定罪和每人新元450(美元316)的罚款。韩小姐因无法缴交罚款而立即被扣押和将面对临坐牢34天。

国际人权联盟(FIDH)总裁Dimitris Christopoulos 说”有关权力机构控告和惩罚三位抗议者一览无余的显示了当局对待新加坡人以和平方式表达异议零容忍的决心. 新加坡政府现在应该认真及全面改革有关自由和平集会权力的国家法律以符合国际水准。

因他们参加了在2014年9月27日于芳林公园演说者角落由韩小姐组识的和平示威而被提控。示威是寻求新加坡政府管理公积金上更为透明。

在今天的审讯中,因为没有律师作代表或得到审讯前的法律援助,韓小姐、高先生和刘小姐只好为自己进行辩护。

2016年6月27日,新加坡法庭以组织”非法示威”和造成妨害公正为理由罚韩小姐新元3,100 (美元2,179)。该法庭也以妨害公众为理由罚高先生和刘小姐每人新元450(美元316)。跟据新加坡的宪法条文第45(1)(e), 任何个人被罚款超过新元2,000(美元1,406)将被禁止在接下来五年内参加竞选。其他三位参与示威者在认罪或进行公开道歉后撤消了控状。

新加披国家公园局(NPark)一而再再而三不准韩小姐在芳林公园演说者角落举办活动。在最近一轮的拒绝行动中否定了她拥有和平集会的权力及言论与见解自由的权力。2016年11月16日,NPark拒绝了韩小姐准备在12月10日组织人权日的活动及演说的申请。

2016年12月7日在瑞士日内瓦举行的对新加坡第二次普遍定期审议时,新加坡收到了六项建议呼吁政府保证实现自由和平集会的权力。政府代表团的反应是以”社会对秩序和稳定的需要”来交待对权力的执行加以严厉的制限。这样的准则远远地落在国际上接受的标准之下,这标准要求对自由和平集会的任何制限必须是在必要的和相称的情况下才可实施。国际标准也强调一场和平集会应该被假定是合法并不对公共秩序构成威胁。

新闻稿连系人:

FIDH: Audrey Couprie (英文法文)小姐,电话:+33143551412(巴黎)

International Federation of Human Rights – FIDH

照片:由左至右:刘慧珠,韩慧慧,高祐榜

Criminalizing peaceful protest in Singapore – shameful!

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Tan Wah-Piow February 22 2017·

 “The determination displayed by the authorities in prosecuting and punishing the three protestors demonstrates that there is zero tolerance for the expression of peaceful dissent in Singapore. It’s time for the Singaporean government to initiate a serious and thorough reform of the country’s laws related to the right to freedom of peaceful assembly to bring them in compliance with international standards,” said FIDH President Dimitris Christopoulos.

FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights

Press release

Singapore: Conviction of three peaceful protestors condemned

Paris, Bangkok – 22 February 2017: Today’s unfair conviction of three peaceful protestors marks the latest setback for the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of opinion and expression in Singapore, FIDH said today.

The Singapore Supreme Court upheld the conviction of activist and blogger Ms. Han Hui Hui (25) and fined her SGD3,100 (US$2,179) under Article 290 of the Criminal Code (causing a public nuisance) and Regulation 23(2)(b) of the Parks and Trees Regulations. The court also upheld the conviction of Mr. Koh Yew Beng (61) and Ms. Low Wai Choo (57) and fined them SGD450 (US$316) each. Ms. Han was immediately detained and faces 34 days in prison for her failure to pay her fine.

“The determination displayed by the authorities in prosecuting and punishing the three protestors demonstrates that there is zero tolerance for the expression of peaceful dissent in Singapore. It’s time for the Singaporean government to initiate a serious and thorough reform of the country’s laws related to the right to freedom of peaceful assembly to bring them in compliance with international standards,” said FIDH President Dimitris Christopoulos.

The charges against the three stemmed from their participation in a peaceful demonstration organized by Ms. Han at Hong Lim Park’s Speakers’ Corner on 27 September 2014. The demonstration called for transparency in the Singaporean government’s management of its Central Provident Fund (CPF).

During today’s proceedings, Ms. Han, Mr. Koh, and Ms. Low represented themselves in court as they were not provided with any form of legal representation or legal aid prior to the hearing.

On 27 June 2016, a Singapore court fined Ms. Han SGD3,100 (US$2,179) for organizing an ‘illegal demonstration’ and causing a public nuisance. The court also fined Mr. Koh and Ms. Low SGD450 (US$316) each for causing a public nuisance. According to Article 45(1)(e) of Singapore’s constitution, any individual subject to a fine in excess of SGD2,000 (US$1,406) is barred from standing for election for five years. Three other participants involved in the demonstration pleaded guilty or had their charges dropped after making a public apology.

Ms. Han has been repeatedly denied permission by Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks) to hold events at Hong Lim Park’s Speakers’ Corner. In the latest denial of her right to peaceful assembly and her right to freedom of opinion and expression, on 16 November 2016, NParks rejected an application made by Ms. Han to organize and speak at an event for Human Rights Day on 10 December.

During Singapore’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27 January 2016, Singapore received six recommendations that urged the government to ensure the realization of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. The government delegation responded by justifying the severe restrictions on the exercise of this right to ensure “society’s need for order and stability.” These criteria fall short of internationally accepted standards, which require that any restrictions to the right to freedom of peaceful assembly be necessary and proportionate. International standards also stress the principle that a peaceful assembly should be presumed lawful and not constituting a threat to public order.

Press contact

FIDH: Ms. Audrey Couprie (English, French) – Tel: +33143551412 (Paris)

Photos: L-R: Low Wai Choo, Han Hui Hui, Koh Yew Beng

This is also reported in RefWorld – a UNHCR site

 

 

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