Please see below for our letter to the Straits Times forum on the recent changes to the Broadcasting Act by the Media Development Authority.
MARUAH, an NGO working on human rights in Singapore and in ASEAN, is looking for a part-time Executive Officer.
This organisation is managed by a team of executive committee members and members who are all volunteers.
It is a five-year-old organisation that was formally registered three years ago. It has tremendous potential and we need an administrator to help us in our growth.
The direct reporting line will be the President of the Society, together with key office bearers. Read the rest of this entry »
Hello MARUAH friends!
December 10th is Human Rights Day and we’d like to invite you to join us in the celebrations!
We have invited Mr Richard Magnus, the Singapore representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). You’ll also get to hear what human rights means to our competition winners from the Human Rights Day Creative Writing and Poem Competition.
On 15th October 2011, MARUAH organised a public consultation on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration to provide information on the drafting process, and also to solicit comments from the public on what should be included in the Declaration.
Ms Braema Mathi, president of MARUAH, started the session by providing a historical overview of human rights in ASEAN, beginning with the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in 1993, and culminating with the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in 2009.
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A Creative Writing + Poetry Competition
What does Human Rights mean to you?
We are certain each one of us has a story to share. Send it to us in an essay format (not more than 2,000 words) or poetry.
There are 3 categories:
Cat A: 18 to 35 years old
Cat B: 36 to 65 years old
Cat C: 66 years old onwards
Deadline for submission has been extended to 24th November 2011, 1159 hrs.
See link here for the judging criteria.
To participate, please register via this link.
In a resolution (A/HRC/17/L.9/Rev.1) regarding human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, adopted by a vote of 23 in favour, 19 against, and 3 abstentions, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) requested the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to commission a study to be finalised by December 2011 to document discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in all regions of the world, and how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The HRC also decided to convene a panel discussion during the nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council, informed by the facts contained in the study commissioned by OHCHR and to have constructive, informed and transparent dialogue on the issue of discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The HRC will also discuss the appropriate follow-up to the recommendations of the study commissioned by OHCHR.
More details can be found in the link below