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“She reads the news for you.” — My mother

We, The Citizens is a curated newsletter that covers Singapore with an emphasis on democracy, politics, civil society, and social justice... sometimes with GIFs.

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Okay, but who are you?

My name’s Kirsten Han, and I’m a Singaporean journalist and activist. I started blogging about Singaporean politics and human rights in 2010 as a volunteer for The Online Citizen and a baby activist campaigning against the death penalty.

A decade on, I’m still advocating for the abolition of capital punishment, but now write and comment professionally on Singapore’s politics, democracy, and civil liberties (or lack thereof) for a range of publications.

In 2016 I was named the Advocate of the Year at the Singapore Advocacy Awards, both for my work as a journalist as well as my role in the anti-death penalty campaign. I was also named a Champion of Gender Justice and Equality at the AWARE Awards that year. In 2018, I received an Honourable Mention for the World Justice Project’s Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism. In 2019, I won a Human Rights Press Award for my commentaries on “fake news” and freedom of expression.

You can find out more about me and my work by visiting my website.

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