The Sorry State of Human Rights in Singapore

5 December 2016

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Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In Singapore, MARUAH, a human rights organisation, will mark the day with a public meeting at Hong Lim Park to draw much needed attention to the state of Human Rights in our country. Speakers at the event include: Teo Soh Lung; Paul Tambyah; Terry Xu; Sean Francis Han; Jolovan Wham; Han Hui Hui; Gilbert Goh; M Ravi; Tan Kin Lian and Leong Sze Hian.

As highlighted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, ‘Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Conflicts and deprivation are forcing families from their homes. Climate change darkens our horizons – and everywhere, it seems, anxieties are deepening. Humane values are under attack, and we feel overwhelmed – unsure what to do or where to turn.’

‘Join us. Help break the toxic patterns of a fearful world and embark on a more peaceful, more sustainable future. We don’t have to stand by while the haters drive wedges of hostility between communities – we can build bridges. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media, at home and on the sports field.’

‘Wherever there is discrimination, we can step forward to help safeguard someone’s right to live free from fear and abuse. We can raise our voices for decent values. We can join others to publicly lobby for better leadership, better laws and greater respect for human dignity.’

Event details
Date : 10 December 2016
Time : 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue : Speakers’ Corner
Hong Lim Park
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‘Live’ stream – Universal Periodic Review of Singapore’s human rights record

22 January 2016

Singapore UPR Invite

Join us for a ‘live’ streaming from Geneva on Wednesday, 27 January 2016.

Streaming will start from 9.30pm. Doors open at 9.00pm.

Information on this UPR session can be found at the link below.
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/SGSession24.aspx

Venue:
The Agora
Block 28 Sin Ming Lane
#03-142 Midview City
Singapore 573972 [map]

Directions:
Take bus 410W or 52 from Bishan Bus Interchange and alight in front of Ai Tong Primary School. Midview City is just behind Ai Tong Primary School.

Please register your attendance, by sending an email to maruahsg@gmail.com with the following details
Name:
Organisation (if any):
Contact (email or mobile):


It is Time – The 2nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report is Here

19 May 2015

Please come and learn more about Singapore’s human rights track record.

The UPR is a process where UN member states are reviewed on their human rights situation.

Join our forum. Be part of this process. Raise your awareness.

Date: 28th May 2015
Time 7-9 pm
Venue: Blk 28 Midview City #03-142 18 Sin Ming Lane Singapore 573960
Directions: https://www.google.com.sg/maps/place/Midview+City/@1.359109,103.833896,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x31da1725f6ca4f35:0x7ff1fd1b9c84ac7e

Register at the link below
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WjwtmD0zsPhkdXIli5fHr0lwGMWgaDOLLZPMkGfOmwg 


New date – Forum: The Vote, the Elections and You – 4th April 2015

11 March 2015

Dear all,

We are really sorry about the changes that we have been announcing for the forum – The Vote, the Elections and You: What Citizens Need for Free and Fair Elections.

We were told that the original venue was no longer available for our use. Then we booked another venue where the owner got us mixed up with another group, and so we stepped back as the other organisation had booked the place first.

So we have postponed the event.

The new date is: 4th April 2015

The new venue is:
Seminar Room
#02-08
21, Tan Quee Lan Street
Heritage Place
Singapore 188108 [map]

The time is: 2:30pm – 5:30pm Read the rest of this entry »


Section 377A: What Does It Really Constitute?

7 January 2015

Section 377A (2)

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Section 377A is constitutional.
What does this mean for the state of our civil liberties?
Can we retain 377A, along with principles of equality and justice?
Should gender and sexual orientation be included in our right to protection against discrimination?
Come hear lawyers and academics speak on this matter.

Date: 1st February 2015
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue (please note change of venue):
21 Tan Quee Lan Street
#02-08
Heritage Place
Singapore 188108 [map]

Register for this event at this link.

Postscript:

  • Dr Jack Lee’s presentation can be found here.
  • MARUAH’s statement on the issue can be found here.

What’s wrong with the Anti-Trafficking Bill?

2 November 2014

Join us to discuss on the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill

antitraffickingEvent details
8th November 2014
2.30pm – 5.30pm
Blk 261 Waterloo Street
#02-27A Waterloo Centre
Singapore 180261
[map]

Register via Facebook event page below
https://www.facebook.com/events/1736262739932212/


Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections, Part 3: electoral boundaries and CDCs

10 October 2014

MARUAH held a press conference on 9 Oct to highlight 2 research papers, as part of its ongoing project, Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections. This is the third in a series of media and public engagements that MARUAH has arranged, with the first two focusing on citizens’ confidence in the secrecy of the ballot and what it considers are areas for reform in the GRC system.

The first paper deals with the issue of electoral boundaries, mapping out the frequency of the changes made to electoral boundaries and the impact these changes have on the electorate.

MARUAH EBRC Position Paper
MARUAH EBRC Annex 1 pdf
Maruah EBRC – Annex 2 pdf
MARUAH Electoral Boundary Delimitation Powerpoint Presentation