Bryan went to Geneva to lobby participating member states to recommend certain changes on LGBT issues based on our joint report. These are 7 advance questions on LGBTI issues that the missions we spoke to will ask Singapore. The questions have been published on the UPR website.
Czech Republic - What measures is the Government adopting to eliminate discriminatory provisions in its national legislation with regard to women and other groups such as LGBTIs? In this regard, does it consider revision of the article 377A of the Penal Code?
Netherlands – Would Singapore be willing to repeal section 377A of the penal code which criminalizes all sexual relations between two male persons?
Sweden - What measures have been taken to remove all censorship guidelines that allow for the discriminatory treatment of LGBT-related material and viewpoints?
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – When will the government of Singapore consider reforming censorship laws so as to enable the TV and print media to depict realistic portrayals of LGBT people?
United States of America – We are troubled that LGBTI persons reportedly face institutionalized discrimination in Singapore, including government censorship of LGBTI topics in the arts and media. What consideration has Singapore given to creating new legislation to protect LGBTI individuals’ ability to enjoy freedom of expression?
Norway - We appreciate that social acceptance of homosexuality seems to be growing in Singapore, and that section 377 A of the Penal Code is not proactively enforced. As a result, the dignity and freedom of individuals belonging to the LGBT community is slowly growing. The retention of section 377A does however strongly signal against a pluralistic and inclusive Singapore for all. Under which conditions will Singapore consider revoking section 377A?
Switzerland - The Societies Act of Singapore gives discretionary power to the Registrar of Societies to recognize a group as a society. It has been reported that no LGBT advocacy group has been granted registration by the Registrar of Societies. What are the reasons for this lack of registration? How do you ensure that the Registrar of Societies grants registration on the basis of the principles of non-discrimination and equal treatment?