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.


Singapore further Squeezes Freedoms with Jolovan Wham Trials

Kirsten Han

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.


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

Kirsten Han

'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?'


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

Kirsten Han

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.


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

Kirsten Han

'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.'


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

Kirsten Han

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?


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

Kirsten Han

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


Singapore, It Is Time for Answers on Operation Spectrum

Kirsten Han

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


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

Kirsten Han

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


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

Kirsten Han

‘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.’


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

Kirsten Han

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

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