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TOC Feature: participating in the IBA

Posted by theonlinecitizen on October 22, 2007

By Jeth Lee

Thanks to the kind sponsorship of TOC, I was able to attend the much talked about Rule of Law Symposium organised by the International Bar Association last Friday despite it being priced at a restrictively high 60 Sterling pounds (citizen journalists don’t get paid very well).

The symposium was a full-day programme that was widely hyped to be able to provide a clearer perspective of what the status and meaning of the rule of law are in Asia, especially in the host state of Singapore. With a stellar cast of speakers comprising Deputy Prime Minister Professor S. Jayakumar, Judge Hisashi Owada, a former Japanese Ambassador to the UN and Justice Albie Sachs, a renowned human rights and anti-apartheid campaigner, one could expect no less.

However, judging from the aims of the symposium and what transpired, I must say that the symposium has largely failed.

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TOC Breaking News: 4 SDP members arrested outside Istana

Posted by theonlinecitizen on October 8, 2007

LATEST: The 5 SDP members (including Jeffrey George who was taping the whole event on his video camera) were released at 9.28pm on $1,000 bail each. TOC understands that they have been charged under the Prohibition of assemblies and procession – Istana – Section 5 (2) Cap 184.

At about 1.30pm today (Oct 8), police arrested 4 members of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party for protesting against the Singapore government’s involvement with the Burmese junta.

The 4 were Mr Gandhi Ambalam, Dr Chee Soon Juan, Ms Chee Siok Chin and Mr John Tan.

Holding aloft placards with the words “No Arms, No Deals, With The Junta” and a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi, the four stood on the opposite side of the Istana. Swiftly, the police came and gave them warning that what they were doing was illegal and advised them to disperse.

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TOC Report: Over 400 visit Burmese embassy to sign petition

Posted by theonlinecitizen on October 1, 2007

*Video of the event here.

By Andrew Loh

I arrived at St Martin’s Drive, off Tanglin Road, at about 5 pm.

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) had earlier posted a notice on its website asking the public to go down to the Burmese embassy to sign a petition of protest against the treatment the Burmese government is taking against its citizens in Burma. (link)

I wasn’t sure what to expect – as Singaporeans are known for giving the cold shoulder to such calls. As I walked up the hill which leads to the embassy, the number of people already there surprised me.

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TOC On Site: More than 1,000 gather at Burmese temple in solidarity

Posted by theonlinecitizen on September 29, 2007

By Andrew Loh

I met my Burmese contact at Toa Payoh MRT at 7 pm. A tip off had told TOC that members of the Burmese community were organizing a special prayer service to be held at the Burmese Buddhist Temple off Balestier Road.

I was expecting a couple of dozen worshippers, fifty at most. Something like a community gathering for mutual support and encouragement. As we approached the temple, I could tell I was going to be very wrong.

The temple was filled to overflowing and dozens had filled the courtyard, prepared to participate in the service standing outside the main hall and the outer grounds of the temple.

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