TODAY Voices – letter on HPB sexuality FAQs

13 February 2014

TODAY has published MARUAH’s forum letter on the Health Promotion Board (HPB) sexuality FAQs.

“MARUAH, as a human rights group, is disturbed that the Health Promotion Board (HPB) amended its FAQ on sexuality because of pressure from faith-based groups and others who oppose discussions on sexual orientation.”

Read the full letter below.
http://www.todayonline.com/voices/faq-educational-tool-should-remain-its-original-form


MARUAH reply to Ministry of Law on repatriations

23 December 2013

MARUAH first wrote to TODAY Voices regarding repatriations relating to Little India riot:
http://www.todayonline.com/voices/due-process-should-not-be-subordinated-expediency

The Ministry of Law replied
(“Singapore’s legal system is firm, just and fair” Ms Praveen Randhawa, Press Secretary to the Ministry for Law, TODAY, Dec 21, 2013):
http://www.todayonline.com/voices/singapores-legal-system-firm-just-and-fair?singlepage=true

Our response to the Ministry of Law is set out below:
The Government’s position, as articulated by Ms Randhawa, is essentially that foreigners are allowed into and to remain in Singapore at the Government’s pleasure, and that they have no right to challenge the Government’s decision on whether they can stay or should leave. We believe that many Singaporeans would respectfully disagree as we do believe that everyone – Singaporean or foreigner – should be given due process to justice and fairness.

Due process fundamentally refers to a requirement that the state respects all the legal rights of a person, in particular when seeking to sanction or penalise that person. The Government argues that foreigners being subject to repatriation are not entitled to due process. This may be the technical position under Singapore law today. But is it the right position for a society that upholds the rule of law? Read the rest of this entry »


Letter to TODAY Voices – Repatriations relating to Little India riot

20 December 2013

MARUAH’s letter to TODAY Voices has been published.

Due process should not be subordinated to expediency
We refer to Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam’s statements defending the Government’s powers, under the Immigration Act, to repatriate foreigners outside of the judicial process on the basis of the time and expense of prosecution.

He added that these are issues for society to decide. (“28 charged as police complete riot probe”; Dec 18)

MARUAH is troubled by the implications, as there are principles we believe our society should uphold.

Read more at the link below.
http://www.todayonline.com/voices/due-process-should-not-be-subordinated-expediency


Letter to ST Forum – Registration requirements can have a chilling effect on free expression

17 December 2013

This letter was sent to ST Forum on 12 December 2013, but was not published.

To:
The Editor
Forum Page
The Straits Times

Dear Sir

MARUAH is deeply concerned at the closure of Breakfast Network’s website as a result of their decision not to submit the registration forms required by the Media Development Authority (MDA). Read the rest of this entry »


MARUAH forum letter on disability

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.

http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/break-barriers-the-disabled-20131202

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 »


MARUAH Media Statement – On diminishing space for public discourse in Singapore

29 November 2013

MEDIA STATEMENT 

For immediate use  

29 November 2013

Dear Editor

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 »


Queries on death of prison inmate Dinesh Raman s/o Chinnaiah

12 August 2013

MARUAH submitted the letter below to the Straits Times forum on 29 July 2013. It was not published.

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29 July 2013
The Editor
Forum Page
The Straits Times

Dear Sir,

We refer to the articles “Fierce struggle lasted about 30 min” (ST, July 20 2013) and the Attorney General Chambers’ (AGC) response “AGC clarifies why no Coroner’s Inquiry was held for prison inmate’s death” (ST Online, 25 July 2013 9.18 pm).

We extend our condolences to the family of Mr Dinesh. We also raise our concerns here. Read the rest of this entry »


MARUAH letter to ST Forum on UN disability convention

24 July 2013

MARUAH has written a letter to the Straits Times Forum, following the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/further-ways-ensure-equality-disabled-people-20130724

Further ways to ensure equality for disabled people

LAST Saturday’s report (“S’pore ratifies UN accord on disabled rights”) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s press statement last Friday highlighted Singapore’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read the rest of this entry »


Letter to ST Forum on civil society engagement

5 May 2013

This letter was sent to ST Forum on 2 May 2013, but was not published.

To:
The Editor
Forum Page
The Straits Times

Dear Sir,

We refer to the joint statement by the Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Home Affairs (“Joint Response to Media Queries on Statements by NGOs/individuals and Former SMRT Driver He Junling”, 26 April 2013.) The statement accuses the NGOs and individuals involved in the SMRT drivers’ case of “hindering the investigation while continuing to cast aspersions on the integrity of the police.” It also claims that the NGOs and individuals have exploited vulnerable foreign workers for their own political ends. Read the rest of this entry »


Reply to ST Forum letter on politicians in NGOs and VWOs

5 May 2013

This letter was sent to ST Forum on 30 April 2013, but was not published.

To:
The Editor
Forum Page
The Straits Times

Dear Sir,

We refer to the reply “No to exploiting NGOs/VWOs for Political Ends” from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and note with thanks Mr Ho’s response on behalf of the government.
Read the rest of this entry »


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