CPD Points: 1 Public
Singapore Academy of Law
Training Room: Stamford 1 &
The Adelphi #08-08
1 Coleman St, Singapore 179803
Event Date: 30 July 2018 (3:30pm – 5:30pm)
THIS EVENT IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED
"They tied me up and I had to kneel on this very rough wood. And they stripped me... and they tied me to this wood… and they applied electric shock to me. They brought my husband. He was kneeling beside there watching me being tortured. They said, “Now both of you confess, we’ll let you go. If not, we’ll execute both of you."
Excerpt of Mrs Elizabeth Choy’s oral history interview with National Archives of Singapore
Tens of thousands were arrested, tortured and executed during the 3 1/2 years of brutal Japanese rule during World War II after the British surrendered Singapore. Japanese war-time atrocities have been documented and shared in books, films and even stories passed down from generation to generation. Less well known is the justice that was meted out to those who took part in these war crimes. 131 of these trials were held in various ‘courts’ in Singapore after the war.
These trials have been documented by Dr Cheah Wui Ling and Ms Ng Pei Yi in the Singapore War Crimes Trials Web Portal. In the first of SAL’s Legal Chronicles series, Dr Cheah and Ms Ng will breathe new life into the importance of these trials and share the stories and personal accounts of legal actors involved in the trials, including Asian witnesses, survivors, and local lawyers.
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