SMU Seminar on Election Monitoring

18 April 2011

Join Bridget Welsh, Associate Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, as she explains the processes involved in Election Monitoring, and highlights her experiences of observing elections in South-East Asia. More details below.

Date: 20 April 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Venue: Seminar Room 2.6, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
Speaker: Associate Professor Bridget Welsh
Chair: Braema Mathi, MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore)

Below is the SMU campus map for reference.

UPR – Summary of stakeholders’ information & Compilation of UN information available online

6 April 2011

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – Singapore
The United Nations (UN) has uploaded documents relating to the review of Singapore’s human rights record under the UPR process.

Of note is the “Summary of stakeholders’ information”, a summary of the 18 submissions made by Singapore & overseas NGOs, and the “Compilation of UN information”, a summary of current information already available on the UN database.

MARUAH’s contributions can be found in the “Summary of stakeholders’ information” under both “MARUAH” and “JS3”.

Amnesty International report on the death penalty

29 March 2011

Amnesty International (AI) has released a new report on the death penalty.

AI found that countries which continue to use the death penalty are being left increasingly isolated following a decade of progress towards abolition.

The summary and full report can be found at the link below.

Also read a blog post on the issue by Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International

What can I say? – BBC radio documentary

13 March 2011

What can be said publicly in countries where politics, tradition and memories of past trauma combine to put limits on free expression?

In partnership with the Australian radio station ABC, the four-part series What Can I Say? explores freedom of speech and democracy in South East Asia.

Presenter Gary Bryson travels to Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore to meet people who are trying to find a voice for their village, their culture or their nation.

Singapore Government submits National Report for UPR process

1 March 2011

The Singapore Government recently submitted its National Report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

MARUAH’s comments on the report can be found in the media reports below

Blackout-proof the protests

20 February 2011

Across the Middle East — in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and more countries every day, autocratic regimes are trying to crush unprecedented peaceful protests with brutality and blackouts.

Avaaz is working urgently to “blackout-proof” the protests — with secure satellite modems and phones, tiny video cameras, and portable radio transmitters, plus expert support teams on the ground — to enable activists to broadcast live video feeds even during internet and phone blackouts.

For more info, please click on the link below.

Yong Vui Kong: MARUAH sends appeal to the President

9 February 2011

Please see below for an appeal letter from MARUAH to President S.R. Nathan on the case of Yong Vui Kong.


9th February 2011

His Excellency President S.R. Nathan
Office of the President
Orchard Road,
Singapore 0922

Via email

Your Excellency,

As we await the decision of the Singapore Court of Appeal on Yong Vui Kong’s appeal, MARUAH is writing to you, Sir, to urge you and our government to nevertheless reconsider Vui Kong’s clemency petition and commute his death sentence. We also ask that the government take steps to bring Singapore into compliance with international human rights norms with regard to the death penalty.
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