Chee Soon Juan's speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum will be streamed live
tomorrow, 8 May 2012 (Tuesday) from Oslo, Norway. The event can be
viewed at www.oslofreedomforum.com. Dr Chee's speech will come on at 11pm Singapore time (5pm Central Europe time).
Billed as "an intimate gathering where remarkable individuals come
together to address the world's most challenging humanitarian issues",
the Forum will begin today and end on 9 May.
The SDP secretary-gneral's application to travel to Norway for
the Forum was rejected by the Government. Forum CEO Thor Halversson
subsequently wrote to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to ask that the ban be lifted. PM Lee did not reply.
Chee has recorded his presentation on video which will be screened at
the event at the above stated time. He will highlight the restrictions
on civil liberties in Singapore and point out how such anti-democratic
practices are adversely affecting the economic situation of the country.
The Government also barred Dr Chee from travelling to Dubai to
speak at the annual conference of the International Bar Association on
"Economic Sustainability and the Rule of Law" in November last year
(Watch video of Dr Chee's IBA presentation here).
the global system becomes increasingly interconnected and as Singapore
remains plugged into the international trading and financial systems, it
is crucial that Singaporeans become more aware of the undercurrents in
the politico-economic sector and that the international community learn
more about reality of the system in Singapore. (Read alsoWealth disparity Part 3: What we can, and must, do)
Oslo Freedom Forum is an important venue to press forward international
dialogue about the important relationship between human rights and
sustainable economic development.
Emmy-Award winning actress, Ms
Julia Ormond, will also be present to speak about the need to end
enslavement and human trafficking.
Ms Ormond, best known for her
starring in films alongside Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Brad Pitt
is an outspoken activist to eradicate human trafficking. She has given
expert testimony before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. She
also served as UN Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Slavery and Trafficking,
and is the Founding Chair of FilmAid International.