Function 8 is pleased to invite you to the eighteenth of our series of talks and discussions on CHANGING WORLDS
Topic: ISA Detentions and Restrictions From “Communists” to “Terrorists”
Speakers: M Ravi, Dr James Gomez, Teo Soh Lung Moderator: Jolovan Wham
Date: Saturday 10 September 2016 Time: 2.30 – 5 p.m.
Location: The AGORA, 28 Sin Ming Lane #03-142 Midview City. Singapore 573972
This forum will consider the effectiveness and legality of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in combating extremism. The discussion will centre on three critical issues – debate on the abolition of the ISA, the constitutionality of excluding ISA detentions from judicial review and an in-depth look at recent detentions under the ISA for terrorism related activities.
It will consider a number of questions including
● What are the reasons for and against the continued use of the ISA?
● Should it be abolished?
● Is excluding ISA cases from judicial review constitutional?
● What is the link between Freedom of Religion and Belief, and Freedom of Expression?
● How has the use of the ISA evolved over time?
● Is the ISA an effective tool for combating terrorism? What do the recent detentions tell us?
About the speakers
M Ravi has been involved in some of the most high profile and politically sensitive legal cases in Singapore over the last decade. He has taken a courageous stand against the mandatory death penalty; argued for the right to free assembly, freedom of expression, the right to by-election; and the equal rights for members of the LGBT community. Because of his advocacy for these issues, he has come to be seen as one of Singapore’s leading human rights lawyers, one of the few willing to battle away on these important issues.
Dr James Gomez, an academic and a political commentator, has been actively involved in advocating for civil and political liberties in Singapore. He pioneered the founding of political NGOs such as Think Centre and Singaporeans for Democracy as well as participated in Singapore’s electoral politics. He nominated Dr Chia Thye Poh, Singapore’s longest serving ISA detainee for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Gomez is presently Executive Director, Asia Centre, a regional think-tank based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Teo Soh Lung is one of the founding members of Function 8, a social enterprise which believes in the need to facilitate the sharing of social, political and economic experiences. She blogs occasionally.
Kirsten Han, a journalist and a social activist, will moderate the forum