Below is a letter sent to the SDP:
His Excellency President S R Nathan
Office of the President
Istana, Orchard Road
I am an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University.
I am sending this message to express my concern about the human rights situation in Singapore. I am particularly concerned by reports that government critics and human rights defenders such as Dr Chee Soon Juan and his sister Chee Siok Chin continue to be penalised for the non-violent expression of their opinions.
I ask Your Excellency to emphasize that progress depends not only on economic advancement but also on respect for fundamental international human rights standards, including the right to express one’s opinions.
I welcome the promise made by Your Excellency’s government to build an “open society” and I forward to the fulfilment of that promise.
What steps are being taken to ensure respect for the basic right to freedom of expression in Singapore?
Dr. Hans Hüttel
Department of Computer Science
Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300
9220 Aalborg Ø