Saturday, 4 July 2015

新国“8号功能”组织发表声明: 政府对付余澎杉,手段横蛮 Free Amos Yee Statement by Function 8 Singapore: The State is Peremptory in Grinding Amos Yee Down

新国“8号功能”组织发表声明:
政府对付余澎杉,手段横蛮

来源:新加坡《8号功能》网
 

[《人民之友》编者按语] “余澎杉事件”自今年3月杪发生以来,由于新加坡国内党团慑于李家王朝的“威权统治”,以及国内传播媒介皆为政府所掌控,显得“一片平静”而被学者何启良以“麻木不仁”形容新加坡社会。一名任职于政府控制的传媒机构的活跃媒体人李慧敏,却义不容辞地以“BBC中文网东南亚事务特约记者”名义,为国外通讯社撰写了一篇《新马港台公民团体声援批李光耀少年》的中肯报道——这也无疑是对麻木不仁的新加坡社会的一个莫大讽刺。

尽管压力很大,新加坡毕竟还有着一群不甘屈服于李家王朝的威权统治的受英文教育的社会工作者及时地发出“Free Amos Yee”(释放余澎杉)的正义呼声。本文是一个名为“八号功能”(Function 8)的组织6月28日发表的声明(《人民之友》编辑部于7月2日才收到此声明原文和华文译稿)。

“八号功能”是由一群曾经在上个世纪80年代及之后遭受政治迫害而决意通过反思、讨论以及不断实践而对社会继续做出贡献的受英文教育的民主人士所发起和领导的一个在新加坡商业法令注册下进行社会活动的非盈利民间组织。他们经常举办各种活动,诸如座谈会、讲座、工作坊、出版书籍等等,勇敢批判李家威权主义统治,积极推动国内民主人权运动。

声明标题为编者所加。以下是声明全文内容——


八号功能组织对年仅16岁的余澎杉所遭受的司法制裁,深表遗憾并给予谴责。

余澎杉于3月30日被逮捕,经过两天审讯后,法院判定他蓄意诋毁基督教教义,散布淫亵图片, 并伤害某一家族成员的感情。但是,控方于5月8日案件审结后,申请撤销最后一项控状。案件虽然审结了,但尚未下判。为了等待监狱署的报告,评估他是否适合送往青年改造所;他被还押扣留,而还押期至今比任何监狱署对任何成年人所犯同等罪行的刑期还要长。余澎杉被令送往新加坡心理健康学院还押14天至2015年7月6为止;届时,包括前期2天的审讯,他总共被监禁的时间将达53天之久。

我们对司法机构处理余澎杉的保释金问题深感惊讶,他们在没有合理的情况下,将保释金从1万元调高至2万元及3万元,然后又降回原定的1万元。余澎杉被令撤下他已制作并发表的涉案图样与视频 ,同时在案件判决前不得在社交网站任意贴文。原本当局取保候审的唯一理由是为了确保余澎杉不会潜逃保释;然而,向他施加如此苛刻的条件不外是要他强硬认罪,与余澎杉是否会潜逃保释完全毫无关系!

司法制度在审讯案件时没有充分考虑余澎杉的年齡,及其罪状的性质,我们对此也深表失望。如果监禁的刑罚对该少年是不宜的判决;那么,心理健康学院里的53天还押,诚然比监狱服刑的判决更加蛮横。

最后也是最重要的一点是,我们对余澎杉在还押期间身体和心理健康状况的迅速恶化表示深切关心。我们得悉,余澎杉在漳宜监狱期间,曾经出现如下症状:失眠、自杀念头、对阅读失去兴趣、与室友无意交谈等等。在心理健康学院期间,他被关在一间又脏又小的囚室,周遭则是凌乱嘈杂的环境,比漳宜监狱的条件更糟糕。目前,他仍然患有抑郁症,时常没有口味胃口。

余澎杉并没有任何暴力罪行,他只是个早熟的少年,履行其宪法权限内所允许的言论和表达自由。当局对他在判刑前施予53天的还押囚禁,这是不能接受的。这位16岁少年应该去的正当地方不应该是精神病房,而是他自己的家庭,和家长、亲戚、朋友们在一起。我们呼吁当局立即释放余澎杉。

八号功能 (Function 8)
2015年6月27日声明


Free Amos Yee
Statement by Function 8 Singapore: 
The State is Peremptory in Grinding Amos Yee Down

Source : Function 8's website
fn8org.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/statement/

(The title is added by Sahabat Rakyat Editor)

Function 8 regrets and deplores the manner in which Amos Yee, aged 16, is being treated by our judicial system.

Amos Yee was arrested on 29 March 2015 and interrogated for two days before being charged in court for insulting Christianity, publishing an obscene sketch and hurting the feelings of a family. The last charge was withdrawn after his conviction on 8 May. Though convicted, Amos Yee has not been sentenced. His days in remand for the purpose of reformative training and mandatory treatment reports have, to date, exceeded any prison sentence that would have been imposed on an adult who is found guilty of such crimes. By 6 July, when Amos Yee completes his two weeks of remand in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), he will have served 53 days (including 2 days under interrogation) in remand.

We view with alarm and dismay the manner in which our judiciary deals with the issue of bail, raising bail bond from $10,000 to $20,000 and $30,000 and then reverting to $10,000 without any justifiable reason. The imposition of onerous conditions such that he has to remove his published video and sketch and is prohibited from posting materials on the Internet before trial amounts to a forced admission of guilt. Such conditions have nothing to do with the likelihood of Amos Yee absconding bail which is the sole reason for bail pending trial.

We are also deeply disappointed that our judicial system does not take into consideration Amos Yee’s age and the nature of the offence when considering sentence. If imprisonment is not a suitable sentence, then being in remand in prison and the IMH for 53 days is punishment worse than serving a prison sentence.

Finally and most importantly, we view with deep concern the fast deteriorating physical and mental health of Amos Yee throughout the period of remand. We are informed that in Changi Prison, he suffered from insomnia, harboured thoughts of suicide and lost his interest in books and conversations with his cell mates. In the IMH, he is confined to a small and dirty cell with noisy inmates in the neighbouring cells. The conditions are worse than those in the Changi Prison. He has now lost his appetite for food and continues to suffer from depression.

Amos Yee has not committed any violent crime. He is just a precocious teenager exercising his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression. Fifty-three days in remand is unacceptable pre-sentence punishment. The rightful and legitimate place for this 16-year-old boy is to be at home with his parents, relatives and friends, and not the IMH. We call for the immediate release of Amos Yee.

Function 8
27 June 2015

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