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Human Rights Day in Singapore

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The marathon run organised by the Open Singapore Centre and Think Centre on 10 December 2000 to mark the International Human Rights Day will not take place because the police have denied the permit for the event as it considers the run a "procession/ assembly." The ban itself highlights the severe problem of the denial of human rights in Singapore which the marathon is supposed to commemorate.

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Nevertheless, Dr Chee Soon Juan will run the marathon by himself. He will start at 6 am at Mount Pleasant Road (Gymkhana Avenue) and end at Hong Lim Park at 11 am. The route will course through Thomson Rd, Braddell Rd, Upper Serangoon Rd, Bendemeer Rd, Jalan Besar, Bukit Timah Rd, Cavenaugh Rd, Orchard Rd, Napier Rd, Ulu Pandan, Dover Rd, Tanglin Halt, Queensway, Jalan Bukit Merah, Kim Seng Road, Orchard Rd, Clemenceau Ave, Eu Tong Sen St, and Hong Lim Park.

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Along the way, Dr Chee will hand deliver a letter from Open Singapore Centre chairman Mr J. B. Jeyaretnam to Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, calling on the Singapore Government to abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA), express regret over the imprisonment of Singaporeans without trial, and to ratify international agreements on human rights. Signatures in support of the letter will be collected at Hong Lim Park and presented to the Prime Minister.

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Speakers and helpers from Think Centre will meet at its office (5 Coleman Street, Excelsior Shopping Centre, #02-15, Singapore 179805) at 11 am and proceed to Hong Lim Park. Mr Jeyaretnam will read the letter to PM Goh Chok Tong, followed by a speech by Dr Gopal Baratham, neurosurgeon and writer. Other speakers include: Messrs Yaw Shin Leong, Tan Kong Soon, Melvin Tan, Irvin Lim, Anbarasu Balsaran, Christopher Neo, and James Gomez.

 

Contact person:

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Kevin Liew

Program Coordinator

opensing@singnet.com.sg

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8 December 2000