5 March 2016
On 10-12th February, 10 representatives met US State officials, think tank representations and NGOs to discuss Civil Society in ASEAN. This was part of the efforts of the US State Department and the National Democratic Institute. Us President Barack Obama was meeting ASEAN leaders in the Sunnyland meeting and was also keen to discuss the role of civil society in ASEAN.
MARUAH was represented by Ms Braema Mathi and here she is with member of the State Department and in a special session with Ambassador Susan Rice.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice with ASEAN human rights activist in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 11, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
17 January 2016
MARUAH, a human rights group in Singapore, condemns the senseless and cowardly terrorist attacks in Jakarta on 14 January 2016 that resulted in the needless loss of lives.
We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families and the people of Indonesia and support the efforts made by the Indonesian government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
MARUAH also supports the Singapore government in its offer of help to Indonesia and the calls made by our Ministers to remain vigilant against these threats in our own country. It is our hope that all people in Singapore will also remain resolute in the face of such challenges and will support peace and humanitarian efforts should the need arise.
5 June 2015
During the recent Shangri La Dialogue, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mentioned the Rohingya crisis and how it “…requires a response at the source, and not just at sea. It also requires countries to act decisively against the traffickers and put a stop to this organised racket.”
MARUAH agrees with Prime Minister Lee and urges our ASEAN nations to find a long-term solution to the displacement of the Rohingyas. This is especially urgent, in light of the recent discovery of mass graves in Malaysia and Thailand. This is in addition to the suffering we see on the boats at sea.
As mentioned earlier, the Rohingyas, according to many historical accounts, have been part of the Burmese landscape from as far back as the 15th Century. They are a part of ASEAN and cannot be evicted from the collective consciousness and community of ASEAN.
Myanmar/Burma cannot continue to deny their existence by making them stateless or by not wanting to discuss on matters related to the Rohingyas if the ‘R’ word is used. It is time for Myanmar/Burma to show compassion and respect for a people who have been in their midst for a long time. It is also time for ASEAN to act collectively and ask for measures from Myanmar/Burma and support the efforts of the country as it tries to resolve the Rohingya issue.
MARUAH believes one of the significant steps ASEAN states can take to protect the rights of the Rohingyas and other refugees is to sign the 1951 Refugee Convention, which says the rights of refugee have to be upheld “without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin.”
At this junction in ASEAN’s growth as a community, it is imperative that we begin implementing long-term solutions to transnational problems.
We cannot allow the degradation of any ASEAN individual or group’s dignity.
15 June 2014
MARUAH recently wrote a letter to the Thai ambassador in Singapore, and also the Thai representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights, regarding the current situation in Thailand.
6th June 2014
HE. Marut Jitpatima
Royal Thai Embassy Singapore
HE. Dr Seree Nonthasoot
Representative of Thailand to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights (AICHR)
Respect For Human Rights And Democratic Values Is Paramount
MARUAH, a human rights organisation in Singapore, expresses grave concerns over the manner in which human rights are being gradually but systematically eroded since the military takeover and also over the suspension of the Thai Constitution. The imposition of martial law allows the military sweeping powers to restrict human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »
3 May 2014
The 2014 theme for World Press Freedom Day is “Media Freedom for a Better Future”.
The focus this year is on three inter-related themes
– the media’s importance in development
– the safety of journalists and the rule of law
– sustainability and integrity of journalism Read the rest of this entry »
27 April 2014
ASEAN Parliamentarians today praised Singapore for its consistent efforts to urge the Lao government to expedite its inquiry into the disappearance of civil society actor Sombath Somphone and urged other ASEAN nations to take a firm, united stand against the shortcomings of the Lao authorities’ investigation to date.
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26 February 2014
The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission On Human Rights or AICHR, is the regional mechanism on human rights and its ‘Terms Of Reference’ is a fundamental document, a governance code which outlines AICHR’s mandate and functions. The Terms Of Reference are up for review later this year.
MARUAH believes that a Public Consultation is necessary to improve and strengthen AICHR as a human rights institution and to take stock of AICHR’s progress in strengthening human rights within the ASEAN Community.
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