MARUAH petition for Commission of Inquiry on alleged Marxist Conspiracy

30 May 2012

Please click this link to view MARUAH’s petition to call for a Commission of Inquiry on the alleged Marxist Conspiracy. If you believe in it too, please provide your details and sign on to the petition!

Please also share the link on Facebook, email it to your friends or even tweet about it! We need 350, 000 signatures and it’s not going to be possible without your help!

To email to your respective mailing lists, you may use the following text:

We need to call for a review of a dark episode in Singapore’s history.

It has been 25 years since Operation Spectrum, when 22 persons were detained for allegedly being “Marxist Conspirators”.

Even then, there were doubts about the accusations and whether these citizens should be detained without trial.

25 years later, these doubts continue to linger.

Let’s call for an independent Commission of Inquiry now!

Sign MARUAH’s petition to call for a Commission of Inquiry on the alleged Marxist Conspiracy at this link.


That We May Dream Again (In Search of Justice: The 25th anniversary of the ‘Marxist Conspiracy’)

26 May 2012

Event postponed to 2 June 2012 – That We May Dream Again: Remembering the 1987 ‘Marxist Conspiracy’

17 May 2012

That We May Dream Again
Remembering the 1987 ‘Marxist Conspiracy’
Postponement of Event to be held on Saturday, 19 May 2012 at Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park

We have been informed by the police on the evening of Tuesday, 15 May that the exemption granted under the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act to Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park has been revoked with effect from 16 May to 26 May 2012 because of the upcoming by-election. A police permit is therefore required for our event on 19 May 2012.

Owing to the short notice and uncertainties in obtaining a police permit, as well as the prospect of inconvenience to our guests and contractors should the permit be refused, we are sorry that our event at Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park, has to be postponed.

We deeply regret that a by-election in the single-member constituency of Hougang, has disrupted and inconvenienced Singaporeans from enjoying activities at Hong Lim Park which is not part of Hougang.

We will now hold our event on SATURDAY, 2 JUNE 2012 at 3.00 pm. The programme remains unchanged and, we hope to continue receiving your support.

We are aware that this notice may not be read by all our guests and members of the public who have made plans to be at Hong Lim Park on 19 May 2012. As organisers, we will be at Hong Lim Park to meet those who may turn up because of our inability to reach them.

The organisers,
Function 8 Limited and MARUAH
17 May 2012


Betraying human rights, ASEAN style

15 May 2012

An opinion article that appeared in The Nation, a Thai newspaper, by Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

Since it was established, AICHR has refused to release a single document related to the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration – including its terms of reference, the names of the drafters, and actual drafts of the declaration. Nor has AICHR met as a regional body with civil society representatives, despite repeated requests to do so. When it comes to public participation, AICHR has been nothing short of a full-blown train wreck. The peoples of ASEAN should be asking how a purported “human rights commission” can operate while continually refusing to talk to those whose rights it is supposed to protect?

Link here.


30 things learned at the Oslo Freedom Forum

15 May 2012

David Rowan, editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine, highlights 30 things that he learned at the Oslo Freedom Forum.

The power of the event — whose sponsors include Sergey Brin’s and Peter Thiel’s charitable foundations — lies in the seamless mix of grassroots activists, many of whom have risked their lives to speak out, and the top-level policymakers and influencers who can act on what they learn. You might run into Hollywood glamour in Julia Ormond, or world-class philanthropists such as Omidyar Network’s Pam Omidyar — but the real stars were the former political prisoners, child slaves, torture victims and tribal-rights campaigners who had in many cases taken big risks in order to travel to Norway. And each one I spoke to made me understand just how vital the role of the western media can be in articulating their stories and, in an oft-heard phrase, speaking truth to power.

More at the link here.


That we may dream again: Chiam’s finest hour

15 May 2012

To mark the 25th anniversary of Operation Spectrum in which 15 (later 16) Singaporeans were detained under the Internal Security Act, the Singapore People’s Party with ‘Achtung! Productions’ – a student initiative – will present a staged re-enactment of the parliamentary session in which Mr Chiam See Tong, the sole opposition MP at that time, tabled a motion calling for the release of the alleged Marxist conspirators who were detained without trial.

More details here.


MARUAH commemorates 25th anniversary of ISA arrests under alleged Marxist conspiracy

15 May 2012

MARUAH commemorates 25th anniversary of ISA arrests under alleged Marxist conspiracy

On 19th May 2012, MARUAH will join several other organisations in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the arrest of 24 persons during Operation Spectrum under the Internal Security Act (ISA), for an alleged Marxist conspiracy.

The ISA allows detention without trial (for potentially indefinite periods). Prior to the 1987 arrests, the ISA was also used in 1963 (Operation Cold Store) and 1970s. Chia Thye Poh was detained for 23 years under the ISA, from 1966 to 1989. [Note: Mr Chia was placed under house arrest in Sentosa from 1989 to 1998] More recently, the ISA has been used to detain Jemaah Islamiyah alleged terrorists from 2001 onwards. None of the ISA detainees have ever been tried or convicted in a court of law.

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MARUAH statement: World Press Freedom Day

3 May 2012

Dear Members, Volunteers and Friends,

Today is World Press Freedom Day. It is important that we acknowledge this date to

  1. celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  2. assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;
  3. defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  4. pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

As a human rights advocacy group, MARUAH has reported on limited media freedom in Singapore at the Human Rights Council through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process last year.

MARUAH calls upon the Singapore government to also observe this day and in doing so, consider review of the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act (NPPA) to give freedom to the media. Read the rest of this entry »


MARUAH Labour Day statement

2 May 2012

Dear Members, Volunteers and Friends,

Today is Labour Day. MARUAH would like to wish all Singaporean and foreign workers a happy Labour Day!

We would like to appreciate the work put in, on a daily basis, by all in Singapore. A worker needs to be respected not just on May 1st but everyday.

The government is increasing its efforts to offer more protection and security to workers. In the recent year these are some of the efforts:

  1. More measures to enable workers to upgrade skills,
  2. More measures to protect workers with regard to Workplace Safety and Health,
  3. Incentives to hire persons with disabilities (PWDs),
  4. Legislation on mandatory day-off for Foreign Domestic Workers,
  5. Anti-discrimination campaign in workplaces by fair employment watchdog, the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP)

However, MARUAH is deeply concerned about two issues this Labour Day and seeks remedial action for two communities that need protection the most.

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