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Non-governmental International Steering Committee
The Community of Democracies
10 Jan 07
We, the members of the Nongovernmental International Steering Committee (ISC) of the Community of Democracies are pleased to learn of the release from prison of Dr. Chee Soon Juan by the Government of Singapore.
Dr. Chee, a nonviolent but outspoken critic of his country’s government and Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party, is one of twenty members of the International Steering Committee, a network of democracy activists which expresses the views of civil society organizations and individuals involved in supporting the freedom of people in all parts of the world.
We call on the Government of Singapore to permit him to travel to attend the January 22-23 meeting of the ISC to be held in Taipei, Taiwan and the January 23-24 Round-table on Democracy in Asia.
We appeal to the Government of Singapore to fully respect and restore Dr. Chee’s civil rights including his right to travel abroad without restriction.
Chairman, International Steering Committee (ISC)
Executive Director, Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA)
Diario 7, Chile
Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Russia
Open Society Institute, United States
Oumar Makalou, President,
Nongovernmental Secretariat of the Community of Democracy, Mali
Freedom House, Tunisia
Transnational Radical Party, Italy
Initiatives for International Dialogue, Philippines
Ilona Mihaies, Euroregional Centre for Democracy, Romania
Arab Human Rights Fund, Egypt
Richard C. Rowson,
Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD), United States
Corporacion Participa, Chile
Vo Van Ai,
Vietnam Committee on Human Rights, Vietnam/France
Fondation Humanus, Cameroon
For Further Information Contact:
Robert R. LaGamma,
Council for a Commuity of Democracies
1801 F St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone (202) 789-9771 Fax (202) 789-9764