Sunday, December 9, 2007

Event: Human Rights Day at Speaker's Corner

Are there issues concerning society, community and the individual that you feel are of importance yet nothing seems to be done?

Every day, as you turn the newspaper, you find good news: economic growth, academic records bested, awards and medals won; yet also, bad ones: violence against civilians and communities, the use of force and coercion to crush dissent, the continued existence of poverty and widening income gap, child and maid abuse.

What does it mean to be human? What rights do each of us have? What can we do about it?

10 December is Human Rights Day and anniversary of the 1948 UN adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where respect for the fundamental rights and dignity of each and every person is recognised as "the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world".

The year 2007 also marks the 20th anniversary of Operation Spectrum when 22 individuals were arrested under the Internal Security Act, on the alleged grounds of a "Marxist conspiracy".

SG Human Rights will mark the occasion on 9 December, Sunday, at Speakers' Corner, Hong Lim Park. We will relaunch the petition drive to call for the formation of an independent national human rights commission and speak on issues of fundamental liberties. Others who will speak include Mr J.B. Jeyaratnam, Mr Mohd Jufrie Mahmood and Mr Jolovan Wham (of HOME).

Listen to what others have to say. Or even, speak. Exercise your freedom of expression, for Speakers' Corner is for all Singaporeans. Join us in commemorating Human Rights Day.

Date: 9 December 2007, Sunday
Time: 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Place: Speakers' Corner, Hong Lim Park (Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay)

What you may need:

* NRIC (for registration purposes if you wish to speak)
* Umbrella (in case of bad weather)