ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

LGBT rights advocate files case against Attorney-General, stating Section 377A of Penal Code is void

01/22/2019 | Straits Times

An LGBT rights advocate has filed a case against the Attorney-General, stating that Section 377A of the Penal Code – which criminalises sex between men – is “inconsistent” with portions of Singapore’s Constitution, and “is therefore void”. Mr Choong Chee Hong, better known as Bryan Choong, filed it at the Supreme Court in November last year. Mr Choong, 41, is the former executive director of Oogachaga, a non-profit organisation working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  According to court documents, Mr Choong stated that Section 377A is inconsistent with Article 9 of the Constitution, which states: “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law.” The two other portions deemed “inconsistent” are: Article 12, stating that all persons are equal before the law and entitled to its equal protection; and Article 14, which states that every citizen of Singapore has the right to freedom of speech and expression.


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