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November 2022

On 9 November, Singapore passed legislation empowering authorities to order social media platforms to remove "egregious" content. This includes posts advocating sexual violence, terrorism, or content likely to incite racial or religious tensions. The new law is said to tighten current regulations of social media, whereby social media firms will face fines if they fail to comply. Human rights activists have expressed concern over the potential of the law being used by government to stifle freedom of expression online and repress dissent due to the vague nature of what is deemed “harmful content.”

August 2022

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on 21 August that the government will repeal Section 377A, a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex between men. While hailed as a step in the right direction for the acceptance and safety of LGBTQIA+ individuals, numerous rights groups have expressed concern surrounding Mr. Lee’s accompanying statement on amending the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, to prevent future judicial challenges.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
5 453 570
System of government
Parliamentary system
Head of government
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (since 2004)
Head of government party
People's Action Party
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
First Past the Post Party Block Vote
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
29.1%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
Not applicable
Last legislative election
2020
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
2.48
Head of state
President Halimah Yacob
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (plurality)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
12/05/2021
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
64.81%
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Human Rights Treaties

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State Party State party
Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
No Action
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
No Action
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
State Party
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
State Party
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
No Action
Convention on the Rights of the Child
State Party
International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
No Action
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
No Action
International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
State Party
International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
State Party
Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
No Action
Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
State Party
Equal Remuneration Convention
State Party
Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
No Action
Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
No Action
Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
State Party
Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
State Party
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GSoD Indices

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