Activist charged

SINGAPORE – Singapore authorities charged human rights activist Jolovan Wham on Wednesday for organising public assemblies without a police permit, prompting rights groups to call on the government to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly.

The 37-year-old, Wham, the former executive director of a group advocating the rights of foreign workers in Singapore, could be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to six months, or both, if found guilty of repeat offences.

Wham was involved in a protest in June by several blindfolded activists who held up books on a subway train in a call for justice for 22 people detained in 1987 under a tough internal security law. “Wham is recalcitrant and has repeatedly shown blatant disregard for the law, especially with regard to organising or participating in illegal public assemblies”, Singapore Police Force said.

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