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Kirsten Han

HRD & Member
We Believe in Second Chances

Kirsten Han is a human rights defender, a freelance journalist and a founding member of the anti-death penalty organisation We Believe in Second Chances. She has also written on labour rights, freedom of expression and transparency in national politics, among other issues.


In contrast with Singapore's reputation as a successful economic hub, human rights defenders face lawsuits, fines, arrest and detention, and travel bans as a result of their legitimate work. Singapore has an extremely strict criminal defamation law, under which even those indirectly involved in producing an allegedly libelous article can be sued; printers, news vendors, authors and editors are all susceptible to charges.