23 December 2013
MARUAH first wrote to TODAY Voices regarding repatriations relating to Little India riot:
The Ministry of Law replied
(“Singapore’s legal system is firm, just and fair” Ms Praveen Randhawa, Press Secretary to the Ministry for Law, TODAY, Dec 21, 2013):
Our response to the Ministry of Law is set out below:
The Government’s position, as articulated by Ms Randhawa, is essentially that foreigners are allowed into and to remain in Singapore at the Government’s pleasure, and that they have no right to challenge the Government’s decision on whether they can stay or should leave. We believe that many Singaporeans would respectfully disagree as we do believe that everyone – Singaporean or foreigner – should be given due process to justice and fairness.
Due process fundamentally refers to a requirement that the state respects all the legal rights of a person, in particular when seeking to sanction or penalise that person. The Government argues that foreigners being subject to repatriation are not entitled to due process. This may be the technical position under Singapore law today. But is it the right position for a society that upholds the rule of law? Read the rest of this entry »
20 December 2013
MARUAH’s letter to TODAY Voices has been published.
Due process should not be subordinated to expediency
We refer to Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam’s statements defending the Government’s powers, under the Immigration Act, to repatriate foreigners outside of the judicial process on the basis of the time and expense of prosecution.
He added that these are issues for society to decide. (“28 charged as police complete riot probe”; Dec 18)
MARUAH is troubled by the implications, as there are principles we believe our society should uphold.
Read more at the link below.
17 December 2013
This letter was sent to ST Forum on 12 December 2013, but was not published.
The Straits Times
MARUAH is deeply concerned at the closure of Breakfast Network’s website as a result of their decision not to submit the registration forms required by the Media Development Authority (MDA). Read the rest of this entry »
3 December 2013
3 December 2013 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. MARUAH submitted a letter to the Straits Times Forum, which was published yesterday.
Break barriers for the disabled
IN CONJUNCTION with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow, we wish to draw attention to barriers in our bid to become an inclusive society.
We acknowledge the Government’s efforts in taking on a fairly active approach towards breaking barriers through the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Enabling Masterplan.
We also note the efforts of the Building and Construction Authority, which has updated the Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment.
However, the Government needs to do more by making physical accessibility a priority in urban planning. Read the rest of this entry »
29 November 2013
For immediate use
29 November 2013
We write to express our dismay at the attempt to prosecute Mr Alex Au for contempt of court and the reports about the Media Development Authority (MDA) seeking to regulate online media platforms the Breakfast Network and The Independent Singapore.
The members of MARUAH, as Singapore citizens and human rights activists, are concerned that these actions will further shrink the space for public discourse in Singapore. Robust debate, diverse views, questioning and criticism, as well as a healthy media landscape, are all critical to the development of a functional democracy. Read the rest of this entry »
12 August 2013
MARUAH submitted the letter below to the Straits Times forum on 29 July 2013. It was not published.
29 July 2013
The Straits Times
We refer to the articles “Fierce struggle lasted about 30 min” (ST, July 20 2013) and the Attorney General Chambers’ (AGC) response “AGC clarifies why no Coroner’s Inquiry was held for prison inmate’s death” (ST Online, 25 July 2013 9.18 pm).
We extend our condolences to the family of Mr Dinesh. We also raise our concerns here. Read the rest of this entry »
24 July 2013
MARUAH has written a letter to the Straits Times Forum, following the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Further ways to ensure equality for disabled people
LAST Saturday’s report (“S’pore ratifies UN accord on disabled rights”) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s press statement last Friday highlighted Singapore’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read the rest of this entry »