Event report – “Post-Elections: Perspectives and An Analysis” forum on 15 May 2011

31 May 2011

One week after the General Elections of 2011, Singapore human rights NGO MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore) and socio-political community blog The Online Citizen (TOC) jointly presented a post-elections forum at the Post-Museum on 15 May 2011.

The sudden announcement a day earlier that Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong were resigning from the Cabinet only added to the expectant atmosphere at the event.

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Report Card on Singapore’s human rights – Universal Periodic Review – 25 May, 7pm

19 May 2011


MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore) is organising a post-Universal Periodic Review (UPR) discussion to share with you some of the key discussions that took place recently in Geneva when Singapore’s human rights record was reviewed at the United Nations (UN).

It is a good opportunity for many to get on track with human rights discussions; for others to follow-up on the latest in Geneva; and for all of us to look at ways of going forward on some key areas.

Date: 25th May 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place: Training room 5 & 6 (3rd floor)
Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO)
96 Waterloo Street
Singapore 187967
(Map)

Please email maruahsg@gmail.com to register your attendance.

UPR references below
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/BasicFacts.aspx
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/PAGES/SGSession11.aspx


MARUAH interview with Li Fan, election monitor from China

12 May 2011

MARUAH: Good afternoon Mr Li. Welcome to Singapore. Thank you for agreeing to this interview at such short notice. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

LI FAN: My background is in Political Science – I have two Masters degrees, one from Beijing Normal University and one from Ohio State University. I returned to China in 1989 and things were quite bad at that time so I worked for the government initially. In 1993, I moved from the government to establish a NGO – a think tank – the World and China Institute (www.world-china.org). We aimed to help local governments with elections. We helped organise the first local township election in 1998 in Sichuan in Buyun township. Since then, I have been very interested in election work. After this, we helped local people and local governments across China conduct village elections. Our first election observation project was in China was in 2002 after observing the Cambodian election. We observed a village election in Hubei. We had a three person team with a lawyer, a reporter and myself (an academic). When we arrived in town, we informed the local government that we had “come to observe the elections, whether we were welcome or not”. We did not call ahead. If we did, we knew would not be welcomed. Since we were there, they had no choice and could not stop us from monitoring the local election.

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MARUAH & TOC – Post-Elections public forum – 15 May 2011, 4pm

12 May 2011

The recent Singapore General Elections 2011 was electrifying. Emotions ran high and change was in the air.

The dissection has begun.

MARUAH & TOC would like to share perspectives and some analysis on GE2011. We will share the work that we did on the monitoring of mainstream media and the results of the survey on voters about their polling experience. NTU’s Cherian George will give us an overview of GE2011 and Yawning Bread’s Alex Au will tell us what he saw on the ground.

Please do come. Stay engaged. We are part of this flow and we hope you will also share your thoughts.

To RSVP, please email maruahsg@gmail.com with your name and organisation.

Date/Time:
15 May 2011 (Sunday)
4 – 7pm

Venue:
Post-Museum
107 Rowell Road
Singapore 208031
Map

Programme:
GE2011 – An Overview
Associate Professor Cherian George
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

Election monitoring process
Associate Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah
Ms Braema Mathi
MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore)

People’s Perspectives
Mr Alex Au
Yawning Bread

Moderator
Mr Choo Zheng Xi
Former Editor
The Online Citizen


MARUAH’s Initial Response to Singapore’s 1st Universal Periodic Review

9 May 2011

MEDIA RELEASE

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARUAH’s Initial Response to Singapore’s 1st Universal Periodic Review

Geneva, 6 May 2011 – MARUAH applauds the government’s decision to ratify by 2012 the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. MARUAH hopes this can be done without any reservations.

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large, as head of the Singapore delegation, made this announcement at Singapore’s first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report at the Human Rights Council that was held today, 6 May 2011.

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MARUAH media monitoring: 7 May 2011

9 May 2011

MARUAH is conducting an election watch project. Part of this project includes monitoring the election coverage by the mainstream media, specifically the Straits Times, TODAY and The New Paper. (We are unable to cover the other languages and other media, e.g. TV and radio, because of resource constraints.)

Our findings are set out below.

You can also download the findings as a PDF file.

Coverage of each party (in column inches)

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MARUAH media monitoring: 6 May 2011

7 May 2011

MARUAH is conducting an election watch project. Part of this project includes monitoring the election coverage by the mainstream media, specifically the Straits Times, TODAY and The New Paper. (We are unable to cover the other languages and other media, e.g. TV and radio, because of resource constraints.)

Our findings are set out below.

You can also download the findings as a PDF file.

Coverage of each party (in column inches)

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