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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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If Singapore Wants to Debate the Death Penalty, Talk To Us — Not Richard Branson.
If the Singapore government really prioritized the well-being of people in Singapore, they wouldn’t be wasting time and money trying to get Richard Branson over for a “debate.”
Singapore Scapegoats Doctors and Drug Users — And Rejects Real Solutions
The case of Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sen shows how Singapore collapses the nuances of drug use into a “war on drugs” that punishes and outcasts users — and medical practitioners.
Will the Queen’s Passing Prompt Discussions of Colonialism in Singapore? Nope.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II is an appropriate time to talk about British colonialism. These discussions aren’t happening in Singapore.
The Problem With Section 377A
It’s good that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between men, is being repealed. But what has been won should should not be mistaken as an act of progressive change by the ruling party.
The Death Penalty Makes Us Forget Our Humanity. Don’t Let It.
When fighting against the cold machinery of death, we must all the more cling on to empathy and care for one another.
The Looming Execution of Abdul Kahar Is Inequality and Injustice Taken to Its Extreme Conclusion
Abolitionists often say that capital punishment is a system in which those without capital get the punishment. Abdul Kahar’s case is a perfect illustration of this.
Singapore’s Elastic Commitment to Accountability
Raeesah Khan’s case shows that the latitude we’re willing to give to untruths and screw-ups varies depending on what the ruling party might be able to get out of it.
When Disabilities Meet the Death Penalty
Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, a Malaysian man at risk of execution in Singapore, did not receive any of the procedural accommodations that international experts now say persons with disabilities should have.
Singaporeans Are Upset About Covid Restrictions. Will They Notice Migrant Workers?
There are likely more people upset about being blocked from going to a restaurant or a gym, because of their vaccination status, than people upset about the prolonged and unfair confinement of tens of thousands of men regardless of their vaccination status.
Can We Expect More From Singapore’s PAP on Race?
Citizens shouldn’t be measuring our political leaders against the lowered standards that they’ve set for themselves. We should be holding them to the standards of justice and equality.