Kirsten Han

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Kirsten Han is a freelance journalist and curator of the We, The Citizens newsletter, covering Singapore politics, human rights, civil society, and social justice.

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2020/12/24 | Kirsten Han

Singapore’s Government Wants a Conversation on ‘Women Development.’ Here’s What They Don’t Want to Talk About.

It’s one thing to boost “women development” — a term with echoes of a “lean in” mentality that places the onus on women to work even harder to succeed in environments predominantly catering to men — but quite another to truly challenge the patriarchy and live up to feminist principles.

2020/05/22 | Kirsten Han

Will Singapore Search for Its Soul After Covid-19?

Covid-19 has given us many reasons to be pessimistic that Singapore will change, but there's hope.

2020/04/08 | Kirsten Han

Coronavirus: How Effective Is Singapore’s Anti-Fake News Law?

The so-called anti-fake news law in Singapore — POFMA — doesn't stop all misinformation, while leaving in place a powerful mechanism that can be abused when the crisis is over.

2018/01/18 | Kirsten Han

Does Singapore Really Need a 'Fake News' Law?

There are plenty of constraints on free expression in Singapore and fake news appears yet to be a problem.

2017/11/29 | Kirsten Han

Singapore further Squeezes Freedoms with Jolovan Wham Trials

Kirsten Hans spells out the innocuity of Jolovan Wham's allegedly illegal activities and the risk a creeping crackdown on freedoms poses to the future of Singapore.

2017/07/05 | Kirsten Han

To Sue or Not to Sue: Defamation and Double Standards in Singapore’s Family Feud

'The prime minister has indicated that he might still sue his siblings, depending on what they continue to say in public. It's now become an exercise in seeing how far the siblings can go before they reach his limit, but would it really be to our benefit to see a lawsuit?'

2017/06/27 | Kirsten Han

Singapore’s Establishment Tries to Wrest Back Control of Lee Family Feud

Serious questions of misuse of power, favoritism and the role of the PM's wife remain unanswered despite Singapore’s political elite and mainstream media falling in line behind the prime minister.

2017/06/26 | Kirsten Han

Singapore's Family Feud: A 'Secret Committee' and the Problem of Due Process

'What we’re seeing now is not regular due process; instead, we have a ministerial committee placed between a rock and a hard place, plagued with considerations and intricacies they should never have had to deal with, and a senior official within the Ministry of Law making statements and arguments related to what is essentially a personal matter for the family to sort out, all while the actual Minister of Law is a member of the committee.'

2017/06/15 | Kirsten Han

Is the First Family Finally Waking from Singapore’s Orwellian Nightmare?

Lee Hsien Loong has continued to erode civil liberties on the island. Like his father, he’s sued political opponents, journalists and dissidents. Are his siblings starting to wake up?

2017/05/31 | Kirsten Han

Pink Dot, Speakers' Corner and the Death of Singapore's Only Space for Dissent

The Singapore government is barring foreigners from assembling at Hong Lim Park in support of LGBT rights.

2017/05/25 | Kirsten Han

Singapore, It Is Time for Answers on Operation Spectrum

[OPINION] It’s high time that documents related to Operation Spectrum were declassified, and an independent Commission of Inquiry held, argues Kirsten Han.

2017/05/23 | Kirsten Han

Waiting for Answers after 30 Years: Singapore’s Operation Spectrum

Operation Spectrum’s impact was immediate, writes Kirsten Han. Fear and paranoia spread across Singapore’s tiny civil society.

2017/05/03 | Kirsten Han

Singapore's ‘Fake News’ Claim Used to Censor Free Press

‘If we want to guard ourselves against fake news, we’re going to have to do more to boost our bullshit detectors. That can’t be achieved by increasing criminalization and legal action.’

2017/03/29 | Kirsten Han

Singapore Establishment Licks its Wounds after US Court says Amos Yee Persecuted for Political Views

‘Allowing immunity for hate speech only encourages the undermining of values in a functional democracy,’ said the head of the Law Society of Singapore.

2017/03/15 | Kirsten Han

Why Disney's 'Gay Moment' is Causing Hysteria in Singapore

The church's lack of acceptance has a very real impact on the mental health of LGBT people, writes Kirsten Han in Singapore.