SINGAPORE: Workfair Singapore said on Wednesday it is deeply dismayed that some of those remanded on charges of rioting in Little India have complained of police assault in a place where there were no cameras.
The group said the allegation is extremely grave and deserves the full investigative weight of the authorities.
Workfair Singapore is a group of civil society volunteers concerned about the rights of Singaporean and migrant workers.
It also works towards the improvement of labour conditions in Singapore.
According to customary international law, statements obtained by coercion or under duress may not be used as evidence.
The United Nations codified this in its General Assembly Declaration against Torture (1975) and Convention against Torture (1984).
Workfair Singapore said that in light of four Cabinet ministers' pronouncements on the causes of the incident prior to the trial or Committee of Inquiry, it is imperative that these allegations be investigated thoroughly and openly, so as to avoid any suspicion of impropriety.
It also called on the Law Minister to appoint an independent investigator with full access to all the investigated persons and police officers who have had contact with them, so as to facilitate an impartial and independent investigation and forestall any subsequent concerns of bias. - CNA/al
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