3 December 2013
3 December 2013 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. MARUAH submitted a letter to the Straits Times Forum, which was published yesterday.
Break barriers for the disabled
IN CONJUNCTION with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow, we wish to draw attention to barriers in our bid to become an inclusive society.
We acknowledge the Government’s efforts in taking on a fairly active approach towards breaking barriers through the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Enabling Masterplan.
We also note the efforts of the Building and Construction Authority, which has updated the Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment.
However, the Government needs to do more by making physical accessibility a priority in urban planning. Read the rest of this entry »
1 December 2013
World AIDS Day – December 1st, 2013
MARUAH recognises the importance of World AIDS Day On 1 Dec 2013. Together with the World Health Organization’s UNAIDS, we echo the call for zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS deaths. Read the rest of this entry »
29 November 2013
For immediate use
29 November 2013
We write to express our dismay at the attempt to prosecute Mr Alex Au for contempt of court and the reports about the Media Development Authority (MDA) seeking to regulate online media platforms the Breakfast Network and The Independent Singapore.
The members of MARUAH, as Singapore citizens and human rights activists, are concerned that these actions will further shrink the space for public discourse in Singapore. Robust debate, diverse views, questioning and criticism, as well as a healthy media landscape, are all critical to the development of a functional democracy. Read the rest of this entry »
25 November 2013
Violence against anyone is a human rights violation. Today, 25th of November is a special day to focus on violence against one group – women. Set aside by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, this day is one of commitment to stop the violence against women and to affirm that it is NOT right for women and girls to face any form of violence in the home, at school, at the workplace and in the streets. The sobering fact, according to UN, is that globally, seven in 10 women face some form of violence in their lives. In Singapore, research conducted by the International Violence against Women Survey indicated that 9.2% of the 2006 Singaporean women surveyed experienced some form of violence during their adult lives (from the age of 16) . Read the rest of this entry »
12 November 2013
December 10th is a special Day – IT IS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY.
It is a day for us to reflect, to ponder, to meditate on how well we are living with dignity and enabling others to live in dignity.
At MARUAH we have observed Human Rights Day every year. And always by asking people to participate. Because Human Rights is about how we interact with each other, how we treat people, and how we believe in a value system. Read the rest of this entry »
25 October 2013
A new report, by the Migrant Worker Access to Justice Project, is the first comprehensive study of migrant workers’ access to justice in their country of origin. Using the example of Indonesia as a case study, the report analyses the mechanisms through which migrant workers may access justice in Indonesia or through its embassies, and the systemic barriers that prevent most workers from receiving full redress for harms that they suffer before, during, and after their work abroad.
More information can found at the link below.
8 October 2013
MARUAH invites you to commemorate Universal Children’s Day by spending an afternoon considering the rights of the child in the Singapore education system.
Student debaters from Debate Association (Singapore) will be debate the responsibilities of the parents, schools and policy in the education and well-being of the child. Watch this space for the release of the hot topic motion.
The panel discussion will focus on the development of rights-based education policies including the right to quality education, the right to a child-friendly and healthy learning environment and the provision of a broad-based curriculum.
Join in the discussion with our panel of educators, parents and Adrian Tan- lawyer and author of the bestselling novels The Teenage Textbook and The Teenage Workbook. Read the rest of this entry »