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Research Paper
Published online: November 30, 2010

Singapore and the Universal Periodic Review: An Unprecedented Human Rights Assessment

Mahdev Mohan
Singapore Management University School of Law, Singapore
School of Law, SMU, 60 Stamford Road Level 4, Singapore 178900
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Singapore will soon submit a national report to and subsequently appear before the UN Human Rights Council for a universal periodic review of its human rights laws and practices. This review will elicit a rare and unprecedented expression of whether and how Singapore feels it has adhered to international human rights law, and ways in which it may further refine or calibrate its domestic practices. This article seeks to identify Singapore's human rights achievements; highlight challenges it should be prepared to address; and recommend measures it should adopt to promote human rights.

Keywords : International Law, Human Rights, Universal Periodic Review, Death Penalty, Due Process, Access to Justice, ASEAN.

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