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Singapore: Migrant worker rights activist Jolovan Wham charged with vandalism & organising public assemblies without permit

Author: Shaffiq Idris Alkhatib, Straits Times (Singapore), Published on: 6 December 2017

"Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham charged with organising public assemblies without permit and vandalism", 29 Nov. 2017

Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham Kwok Han, 37, was hauled to court...to face seven charges, including one count of vandalism.

Wham, who is the former executive director of migrant worker advocacy group Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, was also charged with three counts each of organising a public assembly without permit and refusing to sign police statements.

On Nov 26 last year, he allegedly organised a public assembly without a permit at The Agora...

Wham is said to have organised the event to publicise the cause of "civil disobedience and democracy in social change"...

Wham is accused of organising another public assembly without a permit on MRT trains...

He allegedly did so to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Operation Spectrum - an internal security operation that saw 22 activists arrested in 1987 in what the Government called a Marxist plot aimed at overthrowing it...

Wham is said to have committed vandalism while riding on a train that day.

He allegedly stuck onto a panel two sheets of A4-sized paper with messages stating: "Marxist conspiracy? #notodetentionwithouttrial" and "Justice for Operation Spectrum survivors #notodetentionwithouttrial"...

Wham is also said to have organised without permit a third public assembly on July 13.

This time, he allegedly held one at a bus stop outside the Changi Prison Complex to commemorate the judicial execution of drug offender Prabagaran Srivijayan, 29...

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