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(中/英文版)公众人士递交请愿书要求国会暂缓通过拟议中的《司法(保护)法令》 Public petition submitted to Parliament asking for proposed bill to be delayed

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公众人士递交请愿书要求国会暂缓通过拟议中的《司法(保护)法令》

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转载自:https://www.facebook.com/notes/dont-kena-contempt/press-release-public-petition-submitted-to-parliament-by-nmp-kok-heng-leun/1190507081007796

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官委议员郭庆亮在2016810日递交了一份有关《司法(保护)法案》的请愿书。

郭庆亮

这份请愿书的联署者共有249人。这是九年第一次由公众人士向国会递交请愿书。最后一次向国会递交请愿书的是国会议员萧锦鸿(Siew Kum Hong)他是在2007 年要求国会废除法典S377A法令。

《请不要被藐视法律逮着运动》发表声明,欢迎他对这项保护司法的贡献,与此同时,同意这是确保法律程序的完整性与维护公众的信心的。

该活动人士表示支持政府的努力,以确保法院的庭令会得到遵守。个别人士在法院拥有公平审讯的权利、最大程度地保护司法的独立,以及维护具有高水平的新加坡司法制度的声誉。

无论如何,他们继续注意到有关这部法令(《司法(保护)法案》)关键条款的定义是含糊的。这 已经远远超过了法案阐明所谓的要加强藐视法律的关键目的。

他们指出,法案赋予了总检察长新的权力。那就是降低了为罪恶意中伤定罪的法律门槛。同时加重了一些与非暴力犯罪不相称的刑罚。拟议中的刑罚甚至远远超过了新加坡法院对于恶意中伤藐视判决迄今最坏情况的。

这项运动的负责人之一,克莉丝叮.韩(Kirsten Han)说,

这条法律将会对言论自由和新加坡未来的自我审查(约束)与恐惧文化产生一个寒蝉效应。它同时削弱了人民参与涉及公众的利益的民主与负责任性的辩论。在其目前的形式下,法令的制定将导致混乱什么是或不是蔑视。这将导致人们选择不参与进行合法的讨论任何涉及公众利益的讨论,以免招来不必要的麻烦。律政部说,这部法令纯粹是为了加强现有的藐视法律。但是,实际上它是不是可能借此机会通过起草法案的基础上广泛的公众教育和咨询,而改善目前的蔑视法令。

 《请不要被藐视法律逮着运动》希望国会能够在国会常规第68条款约定下把这部法案提交到国会遴选委员会讨论。他们已经写信给国会遴选委员会在接下来应在常规第1035)条款约定的许决定举行公开听证会。通过听证会完这样的思考善途径可以真正听取公众人士对《司法(保护)法案》的意见。

假设在国会将产生一个遴选委员会的情况下,《请不要被藐视法律逮着运动》呼吁所有关心这部法令的人,不论您们是属于任何组织,或者是您要对这部法令标的自己的意见的个别人士,请参与这个听证会。

 《请不要被藐视法律逮着运动》负责人之一,李莉莎(Lisa Li)说,

“我们坚信,作为热衷于推动一个健全的新加坡公共政策或与话语权的活跃社会公民,愿意提交公共请愿书,并参与遴选委员会的听证会,这视为是民主进程的一个组成部分。当越来越多新加坡人扮演着参与这样的民主进程,对新加坡而言将得益匪浅的。”

《请不要被藐视法律逮着运动》负责人注意到,他们坚信扩大咨询、讨论过范围和听取更多的意见,将会引导修缮《司法(保护)法案》它的条文里语言释义。通过这样的方式将使它成为一部更强大和清晰的法律,它在国会通过并付诸实施时,将会达到更好的预设目标。

关于《请不要被藐视法律逮着运动》

它是由一群目前关心《司法(保护)法令》的新加坡人所组成的。这部法律将会迅速地被国会通过成为法律实施。本运动呼吁国会延迟通过这部法令,通过具有广泛而深入适当进行辩论将能够达到公众教育和咨询的效果。

Public petition submitted to Parliament asking for proposed bill to be delayed

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Related linkl:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/dont-kena-contempt/press-release-public-petition-submitted-to-parliament-by-nmp-kok-heng-leun/1190507081007796

 

1.     https://cpj.org/2016/08/proposed-law-on-contempt-of-court-threatens-press-.php

2.     Protecting Our Judiciary Bill by Teo Soh Lung

https://wangruirong.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/

3.     Proposed law on contempt of court threatens press freedom in Singapore

   https://wangruirong.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/

Nominated Member of Parliament Kok Heng Leun on Wednesday 10 August 2016 submitted a Public Petition on the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill.

郭庆亮

The petition was signed by 249 individuals. It is the first time in nine years that a Public Petition has been submitted to Parliament – the last petition was submitted by then-Nominated Member of Parliament Siew Kum Hong in 2007 seeking a repeal of S377A of the Penal Code.

The Don’t Kena Contempt campaign states that it welcomes efforts to protect the judiciary, and agrees that the integrity of legal proceedings and the maintenance of public confidence are essential.

The campaigners voiced their support in efforts by the Government to ensure court orders are obeyed, individuals have the right to a fair trial, greater protection of judicial independence, and that high levels of trust in Singapore’s legal system are preserved.

However, they went on to note their concerns about how the key provisions in the Bill which are vague and that the Bill goes beyond its stated goal of consolidating key elements of the law of contempt into statute.

They pointed out that the bill introduces new powers to the Attorney-­General, lowers the legal threshold required to be convicted for the offence of scandalising the court, and imposes severe punishment to a degree that may be disproportionate for a non­violent offence. The proposed punishments far exceed punishments meted out by Singapore courts, even for the hitherto worst case of scandalising contempt.

The campaigners claim that this will have on free speech and entrench Singapore’s culture of self censorship and fear even further. It will also discourage debate on issues of public interest which are important for democracy and public accountability. “The bill, in its current form, causes confusion over what is or isn’t in contempt, and could lead to people choosing not to participate in legitimate discussion on matters of public interest, for fear of getting in trouble. The Ministry of Law says that the bill is merely a consolidation of current contempt law, but this could be a chance for Singapore to actually improve on current contempt law by crafting a bill based on extensive public education and consultation,” said Kirsten Han, a member of the Don’t Kena Contempt campaign.

The campaigners are hopeful that Parliament will refer the Bill to a Select Committee under Section 68 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders. They also wrote that the Select Committee should then resolve to hold public hearings permitted under Section 103(5) of the Parliamentary Standing Orders, so that the deliberation over ways to improve the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill can open to genuine and extensive public consultation.

In the instance that Parliament would form a Select Committee, the campaigners urge all interested parties – whether they belong to an organisation or would simply like to express their view as an individual to partake in the discussion.

 “We believe in being active citizens who contribute to robust public discourse on Singapore’s policies. Like the submission of a Public Petition, participation in a Select Committee hearing is an integral part of the democratic process, and Singapore benefits when more people take up an active role in this process,” said member of the Don’t Kena Contempt campaign Lisa Li.

The campaigners notes that they strongly believe that broader consultation, greater openness, and more deliberation that leads to amendments to the language of the Bill where necessary will pave the way for a more robust law that better achieves the goals of consolidation and clarification when it passes. This according to them, ensures that the law better serves all Singaporeans.

Further Information:

The Don’t Kena Contempt campaign was set up by a group of Singaporeans concerned by both the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill in its current form, and the speed with which it is being put through Parliament to be passed into law. The campaign is calling for a delay in the passage of the bill, so that it can be properly debated, with extensive and thorough public education and consultation.

 

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