Mary Toh, the mother of Amos Yee, has confirmed in a Facebook post that her son has been in solitary confinement in a United States detention centre for the past two weeks.
The post was published on Feb. 25, 2017:
Yee, the 18-year-old teenager who ran away from Singapore to seek political asylum in the US, looks set to spend a few more months languishing in jail over there as a result of President Donald Trump's recent executive order barring refugees from entering the country.
Yee's Facebook page carried a post on Feb. 21 complaining about his prolonged stay in jail and asking his supporters to call attention to his plight to expedite his release.
However, there was no mention made about him spending time in solitary confinement in that post.
Yee's mother did provide the reason for her son's solitary confinement:
Amos has been in solitary confinement (in a cell alone with no one to talk to and nothing to do for the entire day) for 14 days now, for ‘criticising Islam in Muslim Studies’ in America, McHenry County Jail.
She also wrote that it was not previously revealed Yee has been solitary confined because she might hurt her son's political asylum bid.
Yee is detained in the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility in Woodstock, Illinois.
Melissa Chen, a Singaporean human rights activist who is now a legal permanent resident of the US, had helped Yee go to the US and has corresponded with the public on his behalf via the teenager’s Facebook page.
If he fails in his political asylum bid, he faces the prospect of being deported from Trump’s America.
Top photos via Mary Toh's Facebook page