Singapore Advocacy

Singapore: Withdraw Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill | Joint Statement

October 13, 2021 – Today, eleven undersigned organizations called on the Government of Singapore to withdraw the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill (‘FICA’). FICA’s provisions contravene international legal and human rights principles – including the rights to freedom of expression, … [Read more...]

Singapore: LRWC Urges Law Society of Singapore to Dismiss Complaints Against Human Rights Lawyer Mr. M. Ravi | Letter

Full PDF Version Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Disciplinary Tribunal 1 Supreme Court Lane Singapore 178879 Fax: 011 65 6332 4061 To: the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Law Society of Singapore Re: In the matter of M. Ravi s/o Madasamy (NRIC No. S6913333I) Lawyers’ Rights Watch … [Read more...]

Singapore: Discontinue disciplinary action against lawyer M. Ravi | Letter

Full PDF Version LRWC has asked the Law Society of Singapore to discontinue disciplinary action against internationally known human rights lawyer M. Ravi and to take all additional steps necessary to ensuring the reissuance of his Practice Certificate. Tuesday, August 11, 2015 President … [Read more...]

Civil Society Denounces Adoption of Flawed ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: AHRD falls far below international standards

On 19 November 2012, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) joined a statement by a group of NGOs raising deep concerns about the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration adopted by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 18 November 2012. The NGOs stated: "We will not use it in our work as groups … [Read more...]

OPEN LETTER TO: His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister

OPEN LETTER TO: His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister   Your Excellency, We write to you today in regard to the 25th anniversary of Operation Spectrum, when 22 young professional Singaporeans were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA),  the law that permitted arrest … [Read more...]

Chee Soon Juan – human rights defender

On February 7, 2006 in Singapore well-known political opposition leader Dr. Chee Soon Juan is appealing a summary judgment which highlights many issues of concern to Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the US based Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (LCHR). Vancouver lawyer Howard Rubin … [Read more...]


ABOUT J. B. JEYARETNAM Two appeals involving Singapore Parliamentarian and lawyer J.B. Jeyaretnam and freedom of speech issues were heard before Singapore's Court of Appeal in the week of July 23-28 2001. One appeal, relating to a bankruptcy order issued in January 2001 after JB Jeyaretnam … [Read more...]

Rule of Law in Singapore: Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession

Rule of Law in Singapore: Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession by Kelley Bryan … [Read more...]

CHEE SOON JUAN – Secretary General of the small opposition party Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) | Letter

On March 17th, 2006, Dr. Chee Soon Juan was charged with contempt of court after criticizing the country’s judicial system, calling it unfair and biased. He said Singapore’s judges lacked independence, especially in cases involving opposition politicians. He was sentenced to one day in jail and had … [Read more...]

Dr. Chee Soon Juan

Re: Dr. Chee Soon Juan To: Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister's Office From: Gail Davidson, Executive Director, LRWC Date: 2006-12-04 LRWC has monitored and reported on human rights violations against Dr. Chee Soon Juan and J.B. Jeyaretnam. LRWC is aware that your government has acted to … [Read more...]