Special Rapporteur report – Good practices in the protection of human rights defenders

5 March 2016

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders has submitted his report to the UN Human Rights Council, highlighting good practices in the protection of human rights defenders at the local, national, regional and international levels. He outlines protection initiatives in three interrelated areas: practices that strengthen the resources and capacities of defenders; measures that foster an enabling environment for the defence of their rights; and regional and international initiatives that support their protection at the local and
national levels.

The report can be found at the link below [look for A/HRC/31/55  & A/HRC/31/55/Add. 1]
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SRHRDefenders/Pages/AnnualReports.aspx 


Special Rapporteur report – Two closely interrelated rights: freedom of religion or belief and freedom of opinion and expression

5 March 2016

The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, submitted his report to the UN Human Rights Council, regarding the relationship between freedom of religion or belief and freedom of opinion and expression, highlighting the normative analogies and practical synergies between the 2 rights.

The report can be found at the link below [look for A/HRC/31/18]
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/FreedomReligion/Pages/Annual.aspx


Increased international interest on Singapore UPR in 2016

4 February 2016

UPR 2016 & 2011
The International Commission of Jurists has compiled a list of countries that participated in Singapore’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. The comparison between the 1st cycle in 2011, and the 2nd cycle in 2016, shows an increased in the number of countries taking an interest in the human rights situation in Singapore.


Interview with SIX-SIX.com

30 January 2016

Ms Braema Mathi, President of MARUAH, was interviewed recently by SIX-SIX.com, on issues relating to human rights.

http://www.six-six.com/article/braema-mathi-to-stick-to-the-words-human-rights-is-advocacy-in-itself

A video summary can also be found below.


Submission of wish list for Budget 2014

30 January 2014

MARUAH has submitted a wish list of recommendations to the Ministry of Finance/REACH, as part of the Pre-Budget 2014 feedback exercise.

This year, we have focused on 3 broad areas – education, healthcare and retirement – as we hope to advocate for better social protection for Singaporeans.

Please see below for a PDF document of our submission.
WISH LIST FOR SINGAPORE BUDGET 2014- SUBMISSION FROM MARUAH


TODAY article on MARUAH forum on Freedom of Expression and Democracy

16 December 2013

TODAY has written an article on our forum.

The robust rejection on social media of the xenophobic vitriol that was spewed following the riot in Little India should give confidence to the Government and Singapore society that the online community is capable of regulating itself, said academic and political commentator Cherian George at a panel discussion on freedom of expression and democracy yesterday.

Read more at the link below.
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/post-riot-discourse-shows-online-community-capable-self-regulation?singlepage=true


The framework of democracy is human rights law

4 June 2013

Democracy is more of a culture than a way of governing or a political system. It is a historical process that must go through its evolution. No country can be a quasi democracy. It is in fact democratic people that make a society democratic, says Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi

Read her article at the link below.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/shirin-ebadi/framework-of-democracy-is-human-rights-law