26 March 2006
Dr. Chee Soon Juan was declared a bankrupt after failing to pay $500,000
in libel damages awarded to Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong.
In February 2006, Dr. Chee was charged with contempt of court for a statement he made at the above bankruptcy hearing in which he stated that the judiciary is not independent and fair, especially in cases involving opposition politicians.
On 17 March 2006, he was sentenced to jail for 8 days after refusing to pay his fines of $6,000.
16 March 2006
As the AG has preferred a charge against me, I believe I am entitled to a
trial where I can call witnesses to demonstrate the truth of my
statements and to document with precision how the courts in Singapore
have been used by the PAP Government to maintain its chokehold on the
I have said before I will not run away. I am here to face my accuser and the very people whom I have criticised. I am here to speak the truth, whatever the consequences may bring.
If you are going to charge me for contempt of court, at least have the decency to allow me the opportunity to defend myself. There is nothing honorable in a fight wherein you bind and incapacitate your opponent.
25 July 2003
Below are excerpts of the keynote address Dr Chee Soon Juan gave at the recently held International Youth Conference for Democracy organised by the Young Democrats of the SDP.
06 October 2002
Below are excerpts of Dr Chee Soon Juan closing submissions which he made at the conclusion of his trial. He is charged for wilfull trespass and speaking with a permit when he tried to hold a rally on Labour Day (May 1, 2002) outside the Istana.
17 April 2002
Few States fly as far under the international community's human rights radar as Singapore. A prosperous, in many ways Western-style nation, Singapore is barely mentioned at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Occasional references to conscientious objection to military service and the death penalty aside, the Singaporean delegation sit smugly while their Asian neighbours face a barrage of NGO, and often State, criticism.