Submission of wish list for Budget 2014

30 January 2014

MARUAH has submitted a wish list of recommendations to the Ministry of Finance/REACH, as part of the Pre-Budget 2014 feedback exercise.

This year, we have focused on 3 broad areas – education, healthcare and retirement – as we hope to advocate for better social protection for Singaporeans.

Please see below for a PDF document of our submission.
WISH LIST FOR SINGAPORE BUDGET 2014- SUBMISSION FROM MARUAH


TODAY article on MARUAH forum on Freedom of Expression and Democracy

16 December 2013

TODAY has written an article on our forum.

The robust rejection on social media of the xenophobic vitriol that was spewed following the riot in Little India should give confidence to the Government and Singapore society that the online community is capable of regulating itself, said academic and political commentator Cherian George at a panel discussion on freedom of expression and democracy yesterday.

Read more at the link below.
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/post-riot-discourse-shows-online-community-capable-self-regulation?singlepage=true


The framework of democracy is human rights law

4 June 2013

Democracy is more of a culture than a way of governing or a political system. It is a historical process that must go through its evolution. No country can be a quasi democracy. It is in fact democratic people that make a society democratic, says Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi

Read her article at the link below.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/shirin-ebadi/framework-of-democracy-is-human-rights-law


An Accessible and Inclusive Society – MARUAH commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2012

IDPD

The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”.

To observe this day, we want to help remove barriers that limit accessibility and participation by persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development. The first part of our initiative is to collate feedback from you and to pass them on to the relevant government agencies.

Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that

‘State Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas’.

The Government has indeed taken steps to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. For instance, the Building and Construction Authority (“BCA”) has set up the “Our Friendly Built Environment Portal” to create awareness on friendly built environments which is key to making Singapore an all-inclusive and barrier-free society.

However, we would to bring more attention to this portal and to complement the feedback mechanism which has been provided at BCA’s website.

From now until 31 December 2012, whenever you come across any area(s) which has been well designed for persons with disabilities or any area(s) which can be improved, please provide us with your feedback in the following format and provide pictures where possible. Read the rest of this entry »


Media reports on MARUAH public forum on Presidential Elections 2011

21 August 2011

Yahoo News and Lianhe Zaobao reported on a public forum organised by MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore), held on 20 August 2011, on the upcoming Presidential Elections.

The links to the reports can be found below.
Yahoo News – ‘Voters’ expectations could shape President’s role’
Lianhe Zaobao – 宪法专家:民选总统职权 有许多“灰色地带”


UPR process to review Singapore’s human rights record

4 May 2011

Singapore’s human rights record will be reviewed at an upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session this Friday.

MARUAH was part of the Coalition of Singapore NGOs (COSINGO), which submitted a joint shadow report in November 2010.
http://maruah.org/2010/11/01/coalition-of-singapore-ngos-cosingo-submission-to-universal-periodic-review/

At the same time, MARUAH also submitted its shadow report, focusing specifically on the Internal Security Act and the death penalty.
http://maruah.org/2010/11/01/maruah-upr-submission-on-the-death-penalty-and-preventive-detention-without-trial/

Questions submitted in advance by several UN member countries have been uploaded to the webpage below.
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/PAGES/SGSession11.aspx

Also, MARUAH president Ms Braema Mathi is currently at the UN, as part of the process and to raise awareness of the human rights issues currently facing Singapore.

The live video of the session will be streamed at the link below at 3pm Singapore time, 6 May 2011.
http://www.un.org/webcast/unhrc/index.asp


Human rights of migrant workers in ASEAN

28 August 2008

At the 7th Workshop on the ASEAN Regional Mechanism on Human Rights (held in Singapore 12-13 June 2008), Ms Braema Mathi of MARUAH spoke on issues faced by migrants workers in ASEAN. We enclose a PDF of her presentation.


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