Singapore Rejects US Criticism of Human Rights

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore is hitting back at the United States for criticizing it for several alleged human rights abuses.

In its annual global report on human rights, the State Department chastised Singapore's Internal Security Act (ISA) for allowing the arrest and detention of suspected criminals without warrants.

Singapore's foreign ministry shot back Thursday in a statement saying the U.S. report includes “gross inaccuracies and misrepresentations” of it policies.

The foreign ministry said the ISA was meant to maintain public order and thwart subversive or terrorist activities, and accused the U.S. of using similar tactics with terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility.

The U.S. report, issued in May, also said there were abuses of free speech, press freedom, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion in Singapore during 2011.