Travel ban imposed upon attendees of a peaceful vigil for man sentenced to death

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Vigil outside Changi Prison for Prabagaran Srivijayan (Photo: Kirsten Han)

By Phyllis Lee

Last Sunday evening (3 September), freelance journalist and activist Kirsten Han announced that she was summoned for the investigation of “an offence of Taking Part in a Public Assembly without a Permit” in a Facebook post.

This is because she was present at a vigil held for Malaysian Prabagaran Srivijayan, who was hanged on 14 July. The rest of the attendees also received the same summons.

Last evening (6 September), she made another update – the attendees who received the summons have been slapped with a travel ban without even being informed about it.

Han pointed out that neither the summon letters, nor the police officers who went to their doors to hand them the letters had brought up the travel restriction.

The attendees only found out about it when chief editor of The Online Citizen Terry Xu, who also received the summons, was stopped at the Woodlands Checkpoint when he attempted to leave Singapore yesterday. He gave a full recount of the incident here.

Han also said there was a chance that they would still be barred from leaving the country even after the official questioning.

Although they were not arrested or charged, it seems that the attendees have been subjected to bail conditions.

In her Facebook post, Han concluded:

“I am aware that our restrictive public assembly laws allow the police to classify a peaceful vigil held out of compassion and solidarity as an illegal assembly. But when the laws are so broad – and the police powers so extensive – then I am concerned about a chilling effect that deters Singaporeans from being active, engaged citizens and participating in civil and political life. This, ultimately, will not benefit Singapore as our society grapples with present and future challenges.”

 

 

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    Romanian who killed SGreans in car accident allowed to escape; NTUC Amy Cheong allowed to leave SG despite insulting Malay customs (easily Sedition Act).
    Yet pple who do silent protest kenna travel ban.
    What is SG becoming into?

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    of cause there is not only this type of law in singapore. There are many unknown law will suddenly appear as and when they deem fit without parliament pass it. Cos when the big boss at the TOP don’t follow the law and is above the law this will happen

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