Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has been continuously governed by the People's Action Party (PAP) as it won every General Election. In the 2011 General Election, the PAP won 60.1% of the valid votes the lowest in its entire election history fueling discussion of political change in the city-state. But in the 2015 General Election, the PAP dramatically increased their vote share to 69.9% of the valid ballots cast, surprising even some of its own party candidates. Is the PAP's landslide victory at the recent polls irrefutable proof that Singaporeans still want the PAP to stay in power indefinitely? Has the PAP won elections fair and square? Jeannette, an opposition politician who contested against the PAP candidate in both the 2011 and 2015 General Election, offers her perspective of politics in Singapore.
Jeannette Aruldoss is a lawyer and opposition politician from Singapore. She entered politics in 2009 when she joined an opposition political party. She subsequently ran at the 2011 General Election as a candidate of the National Solidarity Party (NSP) against the incumbent PAP Member of Parliament at the Single Member Constituency seat of Mountbatten (Mountbatten SMC).
Jeannette served as NSP’s Vice-President from July 2011 to October 2013 and as NSP’s Secretary General from October 2013 to January 2015. At the 2015 General Election, Jeannette returned to contest the seat at Mountbatten SMC, this time as a candidate of the Singapore People’s Party.
Jeannette, 52 is a full-time practising lawyer of 27 years' standing. She is happily married to a non-lawyer and has four children aged 18 to 26. She shares her socio-political views at her blog at http://jeannettechongaruldoss.blogspot.sg/
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Pusat KOMAS will be organizing a report launch of “Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015”.
The launch event will be in a forum panel method, where the esteemed speakers will be sharing their insights on the topic of “The Current State of Racial Discrimination in Malaysia”. The details of the Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2015 launch is as below:
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9 March 2016 – 9:00-12:00 at FCCT Bangkok (www.fccthai.com)
Organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand (SPFT), the Community Resource Center, Amnesty International Thailand and Focus on the Global South
Many human rights defenders in Thailand are systematically targeted. They are persecuted, attacked and, in extreme cases, even killed and made to disappear, because of their peaceful human rights work. It is dangerous to work on the community-level particularly on issues like land rights and environment.
Attacks faced by defenders highlight the lack of effective mechanisms to protect human rights defenders, particularly those operating in rural areas with limited access to resources and remedies. The killing of Mr. Chai in 2015 and other attacks on members of the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand (SPFT), are not isolated incidents, they are part of a broader patterns of grave human rights violations in the country. These violations are an indicator of the increasing tensions and confrontations between corporations and communities affected by business activities.
In the lead up to the verdict in Mr Chai’s case in mid-March, a panel discussion is being organized on 9 March 2016 to deliberate on the current challenges being faced by land rights defenders in Thailand, and recommend more effective ways to ensure their safety. This event is being co-organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), SPFT, the Community Resource Center (CRC), Amnesty International Thailand and Focus on the Global South.
Contact person: Marte Hellema, FORUM-ASIA, email@example.com
1 March, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 4 March, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting Retreat (AMM Retreat)
Vientiane, Laos PDR
The Mekong : Law, Dams & Development [Seminar & Book Launch]
17th February 2016, 10.00 - 12.00, Chulalongkorn University. Room 105, Mahachulalongkorn Buildings.
Author Ben Boer, Philip Hirsch and Natalia Scurrah (University of Sydney) will intriduce the book, to be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience with responses from all five authors, including Fleur Johns (University of New South Wales) and ben Saul (University of Sydney).
The Mekong river is a critical juncture. Two dams are currently under construction and up to nine more are planned on the lower mainstream. Many more dams have been bulit upstream in China and on tributaries in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. Meanwhile, dozens more are being bulit and planned on the river's tributaries in Laos and Cambodia. As debate continues to rage over the hydropower boom that will fundamentally change the river's ecology and the livelihoods of those who depend on it, a key question arises: what is the place of law in governing river basin development?
Institute for Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University; Center for Social Development Studies, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University; the University of Sydney; and the University of New South Wales
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ACWC 12th Meeting
Date : 16 - 19 February 2016
Place : ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta - Indonesia
15-16 Feb (Monday-Tuesday)
Special ASEAN-U.S Summit
3 February, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 5 February, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Vientianne, Lao PDR
20th Meeting of the AICHR
When: 3 February, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 5 February, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Vientianne, Lao PDR