In Singapore, the 17-year-old blogger was sentenced to 6 weeks jail time for insulting religious feelings
The Singapore court sentenced on Thursday, 29 September, 17-year-old blogger Amos Yee to six weeks in prison for “insulting religious feelings” of Christians and Muslims, reports Reuters.
Yee pleaded guilty to six counts of intentional posting comments on the Internet – videos, images, and posts which insulted Christianity and Islam. Judge Ong HiAN San said that the actions of Yi can “cause unrest in society”, so to pander to them is impossible.
As reported by Channel NewsAsia, Yi ordered to pay a fine of two thousand dollars for ignoring two summons with a call to the police station.
“Yi lack the mental capacity to understand how to behave,” said the judge. He pointed out that the blogger deliberately insulted Christians and Muslims, “using abusive and insulting words and committing blasphemous acts.”
Judge Ong added that the punishment, in his opinion, not too harsh and enough to keep the teen from repeating a similar. The verdict by Singapore standards, in fact quite mild: for the deliberate insult of religious feelings there is provided a prison sentence of up to three years.
Yi, who appeared in court accompanied by his mother, described the verdict as “very fair.” “I very much regret,” – he told reporters outside the court surrounded by his supporters and later boasted sentence in Twitter.
Yi was sentenced to four weeks in jail on charges of assault on a religious group and insult her in July 2015 for statements made about former Prime Minister Lee Kuan yew and Christians, published online shortly after the death of Lee.
Last month, the prosecution of the blogger followed in the Council on human rights, the UN and the European Union. Prison term to which sentenced Yi, can restrict freedom of expression in Singapore. David Kaye, the special Rapporteur on the question of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, said that “the government taught young people the lesson that anyone can be jailed for his speeches.
The UN expert believes the judicial process is illegal because it is contrary to the basic principles of international law regarding the freedom of expression, besides, we are talking about the court over the child. He pointed out that this is not the only process in Singapore, in which the blame is put statements. Most of these cases involved criticism of the authorities.
“The persecution of Amos Yee for his statements, no matter how outrageous they may be, in Singapore, unfortunately, concentrated on strategy, which clearly violates freedom of speech,” – said the Deputy head of the Asian division of Human Rights Watch Phil Robertson. He recommended Singapore to “reconsider its approach” and indicated that the court case only adds to the popularity of the blogger in the Internet.