Statement on Rohingya Crisis

5 June 2015

During the recent Shangri La Dialogue, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mentioned the Rohingya crisis and how it “…requires a response at the source, and not just at sea. It also requires countries to act decisively against the traffickers and put a stop to this organised racket.”

MARUAH agrees with Prime Minister Lee and urges our ASEAN nations to find a long-term solution to the displacement of the Rohingyas. This is especially urgent, in light of the recent discovery of mass graves in Malaysia and Thailand. This is in addition to the suffering we see on the boats at sea.

As mentioned earlier, the Rohingyas, according to many historical accounts, have been part of the Burmese landscape from as far back as the 15th Century. They are a part of ASEAN and cannot be evicted from the collective consciousness and community of ASEAN.

Myanmar/Burma cannot continue to deny their existence by making them stateless or by not wanting to discuss on matters related to the Rohingyas if the ‘R’ word is used. It is time for Myanmar/Burma to show compassion and respect for a people who have been in their midst for a long time. It is also time for ASEAN to act collectively and ask for measures from Myanmar/Burma and support the efforts of the country as it tries to resolve the Rohingya issue.

MARUAH believes one of the significant steps ASEAN states can take to protect the rights of the Rohingyas and other refugees is to sign the 1951 Refugee Convention, which says the rights of refugee have to be upheld “without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin.”

At this junction in ASEAN’s growth as a community, it is imperative that we begin implementing long-term solutions to transnational problems.

We cannot allow the degradation of any ASEAN individual or group’s dignity.

MARUAH letter on situation in Thailand

15 June 2014

MARUAH recently wrote a letter to the Thai ambassador in Singapore, and also the Thai representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights, regarding the current situation in Thailand.


6th June 2014

HE. Marut Jitpatima
Royal Thai Embassy Singapore

HE. Dr Seree Nonthasoot
Representative of Thailand to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights (AICHR)

Respect For Human Rights And Democratic Values Is Paramount 

MARUAH, a human rights organisation in Singapore, expresses grave concerns over the manner in which human rights are being gradually but systematically eroded since the military takeover and also over the suspension of the Thai Constitution. The imposition of martial law allows the military sweeping powers to restrict human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.  Read the rest of this entry »

World Press Freedom Day – 3 May

3 May 2014

The 2014 theme for World Press Freedom Day is “Media Freedom for a Better Future”.

The focus this year is on three inter-related themes
– the media’s importance in development
– the safety of journalists and the rule of law
– sustainability and integrity of journalism Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore taking the lead in pressuring Laos to expedite investigation into disappearance of Sombath Somphone

27 April 2014

ASEAN Parliamentarians today praised Singapore for its consistent efforts to urge the Lao government to expedite its inquiry into the disappearance of civil society actor Sombath Somphone and urged other ASEAN nations to take a firm, united stand against the shortcomings of the Lao authorities’ investigation to date.

For more, please visit the link below

Public Consultation on the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

26 February 2014

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights or AICHR, is the regional mechanism on human rights and its ‘Terms Of Reference’ is a fundamental document, a governance code which outlines AICHR’s mandate and functions. The Terms Of Reference are up for review later this year.

MARUAH believes that a Public Consultation is necessary to improve and strengthen AICHR as a human rights institution and to take stock of AICHR’s progress in strengthening human rights within the ASEAN Community.
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Event report – Public Consultation On ASEAN

1 December 2013

MARUAH held a Public Consultation on ASEAN on 26th October 2013 at Traders Hotel. The event was attended by 50 participants from different backgrounds including members of civil society organizations, social enterprises and members of the general public. The Public Consultation was an opportunity for participants to become more familiar with ASEAN and its processes, to make a commitment to the development of ASEAN for our own national interests, and to be engaged on human rights discussions for our community and the people in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Indonesia

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.


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