MARUAH’s statement on the Singapore Government’s intention to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code

21 August 2022

We welcome Singapore’s repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code as announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally 2022.

We appreciate that the Singapore Government has recognised that societal attitudes towards gay people have changed over time.

Section 377A came into force in 1938 after being adapted from a 19th century Indian penal code. This was aimed at targeting rampant male prostitution during the British colonial rule which was many years ago. India repealed that law in 2018. It is clear that the environment has changed since the 1930s and the legislation must change to keep up with the times.

Section 377A has been seen as a symbol of discrimination and stigma against LGBT people here in Singapore. Such discrimination undermines the human rights principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 1 of the UDHR opens with ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’

While Singapore has taken the first step towards protecting the human rights of LGBT people by repealing Section 377A, this is just the start of a long journey towards strengthening human rights protection for LGBT. We hope that the Singapore Government will go from strength to strength in this respect from hereon.

This is a step in Making Equality Meaningful.

Issued by MARUAH Singapore

21 August 2022


About MARUAH Singapore

We are a Singapore human rights NGO.

MARUAH means Dignity in Malay, Singapore’s national language. Human rights are all about maintaining, restoring and reclaiming one’s dignity at the individual, regional and international level.

We seek to:

  • promote and raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of human rights and human rights and related issues at the national, regional and international levels, in Singapore, ASEAN and elsewhere
  • provide a civil society perspective on human rights and related issues at the national, regional, and international levels
  • advocate for and work towards the respect for and upholding of human rights in accordance with international and other norms
  • foster national, regional, and international co-ordination and development of all activities in relation to human rights and related issues facilitate the education, participation and
  • engagement of persons, groups and organisations in Singapore with respect to human rights and related issues.

MARUAH is also the Singapore focal point for the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. The Working Group has national representatives from all of the founding Member States of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

The Working Group is an NGO officially recognised in the ASEAN Charter as a stakeholder in ASEAN.

maruahsg@gmail.com

www.maruah.org


Universal Periodic Review (The Third Cycle) – Stakeholders’ Report to the UN by MARUAH

27 March 2021

In October 2020, MARUAH submitted its Stakeholder’s Report for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review focusing on civil and political rights – Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Association, Censorship, Electoral System, Justice (incl minimum working age, corporal punishment, juvenile justice system & death penalty) and Discrimination (incl LGBTQIA, equality of races, women and income inequalities/job opportunities).

We also submitted recommendations in each section based on the SMART framework and draw upon the recommendations made by Human Rights Council to Singapore, our mid-term UPR report (2018), and the past UPRs we have submitted in 2011 and 2015.

Please click here to access the full report.


[Repost] Statement of love & support for all members of our LGBT+ community in Singapore

13 August 2020

https://heckinunicorn.com/pages/statement-love-support-lgbt-members-community-in-singapore

We stand in solidarity with everyone in Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-diverse, intersex, non-binary & queer (LGBT+) community.

We extend our love to those who are questioning, exploring, or even struggling with your gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or attractions. We feel your loneliness, and we hear you.

We reach out especially to those among us who have survived attempts to change us through conversion practices. We feel your shame and your pain. We see you for who you are, in your beloved wholeness.

We believe that faith and religion may be comforting resources, but we also acknowledge the evidence that shows the harm and trauma that conversion practices can cause us.

We are here to offer you a safe and affirming space to be yourself.  We feel your strength and your resilience, and we extend our compassion.

Above all, we are here to let you know that you are not alone.

You are not alone. We’re here.

Statement prepared by Heckin’ Unicorn & Oogachaga.

For a full list of community organisations in Singapore which jointly supported this statement, please visit https://heckinunicorn.com/pages/statement-love-support-lgbt-members-community-in-singapore


Join us for Pink Dot 12!

24 June 2020

Sharing an email in support of our friends at Pink Dot

Hi friends, 

Hope everyone is keeping well in these final days of Phase 1. Pink Dot 12 is just over a week away! I wanted to drop a quick reminder that there are 3 ways you can participate this year:

1) Light up

This June, turn your homes pink to show a visible sign of solidarity and support for your LGBTQ+ neighbours, who may not be able to light up their own homes. Unfortunately our pink lights are out of stock but you can still order them on Shopee (estimated 1 week delivery) or get creative! Wrapping fairy lights in pink plastic bags does the trick very nicely!

2) Sign up

This year, our formation is going digital! Be part of our first ever digital Pink Dot formation by checking-in online at loveliveshere.pinkdot.sg and leaving a personal message of support.

3) Show up

Join our special livestream event to celebrate Pink Dot 12 with an exciting line-up of performances and video premieres. Head to pinkdot.sg to tune in and chat with fellow viewers at 8pm on the 27th of June. Our digital formation will be unveiled at the end of the program.
You can also get in the mood by posting one of our Instagram filters created by some very talented community contributors. Please help spread the word through your networks and we look forward to you joining us for our livestream on the 27th! :)


Happy pride month everyone!