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.