The right to health and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights

20 December 2008

The Lancet has released a special report on the right to health on 10 December 2008, International Human Rights Day, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
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Human Rights Day – 10th December

10 December 2008

MARUAH wishes one and all a meaningful Human Rights Day (10 December)

4th Roundtable Discussion Examines ASEAN’s New Chapter on Human Rights

10 December 2008

See below for an article on the 4th Roundtable Discussion. Ms Braema Mathi and Mr Leong Sze Hian from MARUAH participated in the discussion held in Bangkok, 20-21 November 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

The Thai Constitution and Human Rights

10 December 2008

The Thai Constitution and Human Rights

Human rights during times of turmoil


December 10 is a special day for at least two reasons. It is Thailand’s Constitution Day and also the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the “Magna Carta” (Great Charter) of human rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

While some may claim that we should be celebrating the 60th birthday of that seminal document this week, others may prefer to call for its commemoration, given the turmoil surrounding the implementation of human rights in many countries.
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A long way to go for human rights in Asia

10 December 2008

A long way to go for human rights in Asia

Published on December 10, 2008

Thailand aims to lead Asean in improving protection, but our own record also falls short

Today is International Human Rights Day and also the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR). When Thailand signed the UNDHR in 1948, it became the boldest country in Asia by acceding to the universal norms that respect human rights. It was the first Asian country to do so. That was a remarkable undertaking, achieved at a time when Thailand, like other countries, had just emerged from the destruction of World War II. Thailand wanted to join the international community as soon as possible. After officially supporting the Japanese against the Allied forces, Thailand wanted to clean up its recent past by quickly embracing the United Nations and other related international activities. International organisations, including their universal values and shared norms, served as a shield for Thailand against the threat of communism.
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Six decades after affirmation, challenges remain

10 December 2008

Six decades after affirmation, challenges remain


Today we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that marked a crucial turning point in human history as the first international agreement setting out freedoms, rights and entitlements for all humanity to claim.

Six decades ago, it affirmed that the force of shared ideas and a common vision of respectful and peaceful coexistence can prevail over brutality, hatred and destruction.

Since then, the world may have changed a great deal, but the recognition of our inherent kinship in rights, of our common claim to a life in dignity, of our right to count and be counted irrespective of our ancestry, gender and colour, status and creed applies to today’s realities as much as it did in 1948.
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Mumbai terrorist attacks

1 December 2008

All of us from the Singapore Working Group on ASEAN Human Rights (MARUAH) express our heartfelt sympathy to the familiy of Ms Lo Hwei Yen.

It is unconscionable to murder for any cause, however important that cause may seem to be.

We are sorry that it happened and strongly encourage world leaders to find better solutions to get to the root causes that breed such a lack of regard for human lives.