Do you know that we in Singapore had more of certain rights under the British than we do now?
In this video, human rights lawyer and founder of RAVision, spells out what some of these rights are; and why we need to safeguard or restore them.
It is only when we know our rights that we can protect ourselves, especially when we are questioned, interviewed or interrogated by the authorities.
But even so, sometimes we may not be aware of these rights.
For example, perhaps we are aware of our constitutional right not to incriminate ourselves during police interviews. But do we also know that exercising this right may not be advantageous to us in court, or during our trial?
Over the years, some of these basic rights have either been curtailed or abolished entirely.
For example, the right to silence, which we had under the British, was abolished in Singapore in 1976.
If you choose not to speak in order not to incriminate yourself (which is a right you have under the law), your silence may in fact be used adversely against you in a court of law. So, what does it mean to have such a right in the first place?