Media release – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

27 November 2012

MARUAH has released the following media release.

Also see links below

  1. media report on MARUAH media release
  2. UN website on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 November 2012

On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; it was the same date as the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Women’s organisations as well as human rights activists around the world have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981.
In Singapore, MARUAH joins women’s organisations in remembering this day and calls on all Singaporeans in whatever strata of society to eschew all forms of violence against women here. We call for the strengthening of civil and social safeguards to prevent violence against women and for increased awareness that violence against women is unacceptable and deplorable. Read the rest of this entry »

ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

19 November 2012

The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration has been published.  [source]



WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (hereinafter referred to as “ASEAN”), namely Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on the occasion of the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

REAFFIRMING our adherence to the purposes and principles of ASEAN as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, in particular the respect for and promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance; Read the rest of this entry »

Public Consultation on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

19 November 2012

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international treaty that promotes and protects the rights of persons with all types of disabilities. It is important for all of us (disabled or able-bodied) to get together to support this discussion to foreground the importance of ratifying this international treaty in Singapore.

To join us for our discussion, please RSVP here.

Date: Sat 1 Dec 2012
Time: 9.45am to 2pm (light lunch provided)
Venue: Disabled People’s Association [map]
1 Jurong West Central 2
#04-01 Jurong Point Shopping Centre
Singapore 648886

MARUAH statement on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

10 November 2012

We, members of MARUAH, held a consultation with organisations and the public on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), a document that we have been anxiously waiting for. We have been actively engaged on the AHRD, submitting reports and holding consultations at the local level.

We appreciate the work put in by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) representatives, their support staff and the hard work too of the ASEAN Secretariat. In November 2012, ASEAN leaders will adopt the AHRD as a document for the people of ASEAN.

Whilst we congratulate the AICHR team for completing what is often described a difficult feat, we will need to register our deepest concerns and regrets in this matter. Read the rest of this entry »