The stern Lion City

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A stern Lion guards the door at Singapore’s High Court building.

DON’T KNOCK FOR NO REASON.

“The Government of Singapore generally respected the human rights of its citizens; however, there were significant problems in some areas. The Government has broad powers to limit citizens’ rights and to handicap political opposition, which it used in practice.

Government leaders continued to use court proceedings and defamation suits against political opponents and critics. These suits, which have consistently been decided in favor of government plaintiffs, chilled political speech and action and created a perception that the ruling party used the judicial system for political purposes. “

– from 2005 U.S. state department country report.

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