The Way I See It: Stories on Human Rights

6 December 2010

MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore) and the Singapore Film Society are proud to present “The Way I See It: Stories on Human Rights”, a film screening on 10 December 2010 to commemorate Human Rights Day.

The highly-acclaimed Stories on Human Rights was a film project commissioned by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Stories on Human Rights features the work of twenty-two directors inspired by the six themes of the Universal Declaration: culture, development, dignity and justice, environment, gender and participation.

More information on the film can be found here.

You can also view the trailer.

Admission is free, but prior registration is required as seats are limited. The screenings will be at Level 5, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road.

Friday 10 December 2010
8:30 pm – Registration & ticket collection
9:30 pm – Film screening, followed by post-film discussion

To register, please fill in the form at

Because of limited seats, we cannot reserve more than 4 seats per person. You will receive an email in response, which will state clearly whether your request is confirmed, or you are on the waiting list.

If it is confirmed,you need to pick up your tickets at the door on the day of the screening no later than 9:00 pm, otherwise the tickets will be released to those on the waiting list. Tickets will be issued on a “best available seat” basis.

The film has been rated R21. Age verification will be conducted at the door; please bring some identification with you.

Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility within an ASEAN Human Rights Framework

1 December 2010

30th November to 1st December 2010
Plaza Room 1, Park Royal Hotel, Beach Road, Singapore

Organised by
Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

Partnered by
MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore)
Singapore Compact on CSR
ASEAN Business Network on CSR
CSR Asia

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Media Statement: MARUAH supports call to suspend executions

21 November 2010

In response to the United Nations’ recent call to end the use of the death penalty, MARUAH is issuing the attached media statement.

a vOte… bUt CHoice?

7 November 2010

MARUAH organised an event at Speakers’ Corner on 30th October, in conjunction with a postcard campaign, to draw attention to the upcoming elections in Burma/Myanmar. The postcard contents are reproduced below.

To the government of Singapore:

We are concerned for the people in Myanmar/Burma.

We want our government to join the international community and ask the present military government to take the following actions:
– free all political prisoners
– allow international observers from the UN to watch over the elections process
– repeal all laws and regulations that interfere with free and fair elections

We also want our government to support the call made by UN to establish a UN Commission of Inquiry into the international crimes in Myanmar/Burma.

Photos of the event can be viewed below.

MARUAH UPR submission on the death penalty and preventive detention without trial

1 November 2010

MARUAH is making a submission to the United Nations on the death penalty and preventive detention without trial, as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process that will review Singapore’s human rights record.

The submission can downloaded via the link here.

Coalition of Singapore NGOs (COSINGO) submission to Universal Periodic Review

1 November 2010

As part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, the Coalition of Singapore NGOs (COSINGO) is making a submission to the United Nations on the human rights situation in Singapore.

The submission can downloaded via the links below.
Main submission

Press coverage
Straits Times article (Full article below)

– Lianhe Zaobao 本地非政府组织人权报告 从三方面批评现有制度
– Channel NewsAsia Singapore’s human rights under UN scrutiny
– TODAY Civil society groups submit human rights reports

MARUAH’s response to Temasek Review article

25 October 2010

Dear MARUAH members and supporters,

I just would like to put on record my response to the Temasek Review’s article entitled “Is Braema Mathi of MARUAH a PAP plant?”

I have only one response to the article – I am very keen to sue TR and its writers and use the money for our work to promote and protect human rights locally and in the region. I know I will win hands down for the half-truths and outright lies that are in the article. But as a person who believes in human rights and is trying her best to be true to the principles and aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (and failing badly at times and often too) I am loathe to start this process.

Instead I will just make one point here – human rights activism makes a demand on us as individuals, in that we stand up and be identified, for the position we make and for the words and language we use to express the position that we take.

So I am not going to dignify the accusations made in the article with any blow-by-blow rebuttal. That will be appreciating cowardly behaviour of the anonymous who claim to be true human rights activists.

Those who know me, know my work, know MARUAH will stand by us.

Thank you
Braema Mathi
Chairperson/Coordinator, MARUAH

MARUAH Youth: Rights and Responsibilities (30 Oct and 13 Nov)

20 October 2010

Dear all,

Have you ever felt angry at social injustice and inequity? Are you an aspiring activist, an educator or a curious student? Ever felt that you could contribute more?

Following the success of last year’s “whose Right is it anyway?”, MARUAH will be organising TWO workshops entitled “Rights and Responsibilities” on 30 October and 13 November at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations.

All of us have something we care about – be it poverty, environment, health issues, financial protection or education. So what happens when you put supporters of these different causes into a same group to learn about rights, and to discuss and debate which rights should be more important to them?

Come experience a day of engagement and, even, controversy on this subject seldom publicly talked about! The workshops aim to raise awareness about human rights and provide a rights-based approach instead of a welfare approach to social issues, which reclaims the dignity of the individual. The workshops are specially designed to engage participants through small-group sessions.

Attendance is FREE!

Registration is required for this event. You can register for the event here ( or email

Warm regards,
MARUAH Youth Team


Dates: 30 October OR 13 November 2010 (please indicate your preferred date)

Time: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm

Venue: Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (Directions and Map)
96 Waterloo Street
Singapore 187967

0915 : Registration
0930 : Introduction: Human Rights 101
1100 : Session 1: My Rights
1200 : Lunch Break
1300 : Session 2: Your Rights
1400 : Session 3: Our Rights
1500 : Sharing and Reflection
1530 : Closing Address
1600 : End

Public consultation on Universal Periodic Review

2 October 2010

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.

Singapore comes up for review under UPR next year. Civil Society organisations (CSOs) have been invited to submit parallel reports (known as ‘Shadow Reports’) to the government report. MARUAH is working with CSOs to put forward a combined report to the UN Human Rights Council.

MARUAH will be holding 2 sessions of public consultation on 9th October for CSOs (10am-1pm) and political parties (2-5pm) respectively.

RSVP your interest by e-mail to with your name, contact details, and representative organisation (if any), so that we can reserve a seat for you.

What is a trial observation? – A Sharing by George Hwang

22 July 2010

Date/Time: 30 July 2010, 7pm
Location: AMBROSIA, 19 Baghdad St (5 mins walk from Bugis MRT)

You know him as the petitioner for the Singapore’s first mass petition to the Parliament since independence. He is also the first member of the S.E.Asia Legal Media Defense Network to go on a trial observation mission. He is probably the first Singaporean to be interrogated by the Vietnamese Internal Security for his work as a trial observer.

Come meet MARUAH’s founding member, George Hwang, as he talks about what trial observation is about.

Kindly RSVP via email to “” with your name, occupation and contact details. Finger food and drinks will be served.


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