Over the past one month, the Singapore government has persecuted a 16-year-old boy, Amos Yee.
He was persecuted for speaking up and criticising Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who has recently passed away.
Amos made a video and called him a “horrible person and an awful leader to our country”. Within two days after Amos posted his video online, Amos was arrested by the Singapore government. Within just another day, he was charged.
He is now currently being held in remand in prison while his case is pending judgment. He has been inside for a total of 18 days now even though he is still innocent. While attending court, Amos was also shackled with chains and cuffs which have eaten his legs and caused him a lot of pain.
The judgment on him will be passed today.
Many people in Singapore and around the world feel that Amos’s persecution is unjust. His persecution has also been seen as being politically motivated as members of the current ruling party, People’s Action Party (PAP), have said worse things than Amos but have gotten away scot-free.
However, Amos has been punished by the PAP just for criticising the PAP’s “founding father” Lee Kuan Yew. But even as Lee Kuan Yew had said worse things than Amos, Lee was never arrested or charged.
However, Amos, who is still only a child, has been subjected to continuous state-violence. This is unacceptable.
More than 100 people from Singapore and around the world have taken photos of themselves to make a video in support of Amos and to call on the Singapore government to release Amos Yee. You can see some of the photos that were taken here.
You can also watch the video campaign below.
The Singapore government’s abuse of a child and their human rights transgressions and curbing of the freedom of speech is wrong. Please help us call out the Singapore government and to ask for the release of Amos Yee.
If you cannot watch the video above, please watch the video below. The original version above with Bob Marley’s Redemption song could not be readily viewed, so I have used another music.