The Prisoner in Pyjamas
Three weeks ago I brought you the breaking news that Amnesty International were going to recognise Amos Yee as a prisoner of conscience. This followed from my communications with the head of Amnesty International for the region and my suggestion that Amos met the criteria. AI agreed and said that a statement would be following. This is the full statement below.
Singapore: Free 16-year-old prisoner of conscience Amos Yee
By Amnesty International, 3 July 2015, Index number: ASA 36/2014/2015
The Singapore authorities must immediately and unconditionally release teenager Amos Yee, who is facing a minimum of 18 months of reformative training after criticising the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew online. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression. As he is a minor, authorities must also ensure that his treatment is consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Singapore is a State party.
I am extremely grateful that in this instance AI were open to my suggestions and able to act and then act so decisively. This is a real result. I am working on some other ideas to try and help Amos and will let you know the outcome as soon as I can.
You can read about my communications with AI in my earlier post here:
However we can not sit back and rely on International organisations.
What matters now is that Amos MUST be freed. Let’s all pull together and apply pressure domestically to get him out. After all he is our 16 yr old, it should be up to us to see that he is freed. Friends in London are also trying to organise an event around Amos. Please spread the word to anyone in the UK who you think may be interested in joining a protest.