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The time we lost to the pandemic

Remembering all our elders who had to endure isolation, loneliness and boredom during the nursing home lockdowns, and all the time we lost with our loved ones.

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In anger, in grief.

Today — or, considering that it's 2:30am now, yesterday — I saw a terrified working class mother who barely speaks English stand before three solemn Court of Appeal judges. Across from her were three public prosecutors in their black gowns. Her oldest son — scheduled for execution at dawn — sat in the

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An elastic commitment to accountability and checks on power

Many Singaporeans pointed to double standards in the Committee of Privileges probe into Raeesah Khan’s lie, compared to the reaction to the government’s admission that promises about the use of TraceTogether data were false. What sort of system of checks and balances do we have in Singapore?

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WTC Long Read: Getting misinformation about the war? Start here.

With some help from friends and readers of We, The Citizens, a starting point for anyone wading through all the social media posts, news reports, misinformation and confusions about the war in Ukraine.

WTC Long Read: Getting misinformation about the war? Start here.
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What I'm reading on the war in Ukraine

Sharing some of the readings I found most helpful in understanding and thinking about the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine.

What I'm reading on the war in Ukraine
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On access to justice: What are procedural accommodations?

Ahead of the court hearings of four death row prisoners, a special issue on the need to ensure that persons with disabilities can have access to justice on an equal basis with others.

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Fear spreads on "too full" death row

In place of a weekly wrap, this weekend I look at the state's recent attempts to hang men for drug offences amid worries that executions will increase as death row gets "too full".

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Lies, accountability, double standards, and power in Singapore

Reflections on everything that's going on over the lie that Raeesah Khan told in Parliament, and what its implications might be for our society.

Lies, accountability, double standards, and power in Singapore
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Stay the execution, he’s got Covid

I’m writing this late at night after a nerve-wrecking, exhausting day. I’m still trying to collect my thoughts. Everything feels surreal, even a little bit ludicrous. I’m glad and relieved, but also horrified and anxious. Since learning of Nagaenthran’s impending execution on 28 October, I’ve

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Death by bureaucracy

I’ve been an anti-death penalty activist for 10 years. In this time, I’ve tried my best to observe and document the application of capital punishment in Singapore, and to support the families of death row inmates as they navigate the system. When people ask me about this work,