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Singapore Red Cross - DA(S) International Humanitarian Law Debate Championship 2016 Results

Co-organised by Debate Association (Singapore) and Singapore Red Cross, the 8th edition of the International Humanitarian Law Debate Championships was held on 23 and 30 July at Republic Polytechnic. This tournament saw teams from the secondary schools and pre-university institutions debate on a wide range of issues concerning international humanitarian law. Debaters argued passionately on issues concerning modern conceptions of humanitarian law such as in cyber warfare, or whether the laws should indeed be applied in situations of internal conflict.


After 2 weekends of debates, here are the full results:


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Ensuring a Safe Space for All

Dear members of the debate community,

Debate Association (Singapore) takes a very strong stance against any form of sexual harassment.

We are committed to building and maintaining a safe and welcoming family of debaters, regardless of differences in race, language, religion, age, gender, and so on. We take a very serious view on matters that threaten the well-being and trust of those within our community.

We gently urge any and all members of our community to reach out to us or the relevant authorities if you experience or witness any form of sexual harassment within our debate community. This includes incidents at tournaments, camps, and training sessions, or any other incidents involving a member of our debate community.

We place great importance on all debaters’ ability to both participate freely in the debate community and to access safe spaces. To that end, DA(S) is committed to enforcing equity policies across all of our programs.

If you wish to report equity violations, please contact the President and Vice President directly at Your identity and all information will be kept strictly confidential.

At the same time, DA(S) also strongly urges everyone to practise sensitivity, empathy, and respect towards all members of our debate community.


Some Helplines

If you have been sexually assaulted and need counselling, legal advice:
Sexual Assault Care Centre
6779 0282 (Monday – Friday, 10am till midnight)

If you are suicidal or have thoughts of hurting yourself:
Samaritans of Singapore
1800 221 4444 (24 hours)

Police (Singapore)
Emergencies: 999 (24 hours)
Emergency SMS: 71999


Debate Association (Singapore) Annual General Meeting 2016

Dear Members of Debate Association (Singapore),


Debate Association (Singapore) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 13 July 2016, from 7.00 - 9.30pm. As a member of DA(S), you're invited!


At the AGM, we will discuss our plans for the coming year. We will also have one position up for election:

  • Treasurer 

[Please see Annex A below for a brief description of the position.]


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Youth Debate Open 2016 Results

Co-organised by Debate Association (Singapore) and the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) this year, the annual Youth Debate Open (YDO) aims to bring secondary school students from a wide range of debating backgrounds together in a friendly competitive environment. 

After two very exciting days of debates where teams argued on topics such as whether hacktivism brought about more harm than good, and whether there should state involvement in marriage, here are the results from the Youth Debate Open 2016:


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YDO 2016 Registration Still Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to announce that we will be organising the Youth Debate Open (YDO) 2016 in partnership with the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) on 18th and 19th June.

One of the few open tournaments targeted at Secondary School students (and those of equivalent standard in Integrated Programme / International Schools), YDO is a great opportunity for those looking to debate with their friends from other institutions. Regardless of whether you debate with your school mates or not, each team can comprise three to four members.

This tournament is held in the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC) format. If you have any queries, please

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DA(S) June Camp 2016 Registration Opens!

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to open registration for our annual June Training Camps for Primary School students.

This year, we will be collaborating with SIM Discourse (the Debate and Current Affairs Club of the Singapore Institute of Management) and SIM Global Education to offer two concurrent camps:

-       For students who are newly interested in debating, the NEXUS camp provides a fun environment and engaging introduction to the activity;

-       The EXCELSIOR camp targets students who are already familiar with primary school debating, and who seek to build on their foundations.

The camps are open to students from Primary 4 to 6 inclusive. The camps will feature exciting masterclasses by well-known debaters from both the Tertiary debate circuit. In addition, both camps will provide students the opportunity to interact with experienced facilitators in small breakout groups, as well as test out their skills in a mini-tournament using the same format used at the national primary school debate championships – Wits & Words.

Please feel free to contact our Directors of Training, Muhammad Farhansyah ( and Ang Meng Leng ( should you have any queries.

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