[Webinar] Voices of Democracy: Civil Societies and the UN

18 November 2021

Ever wondered what the UPR was? Every few years, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations Human Rights Council sets about examining the human rights records of all UN Member States. Join changemakers from Pink Dot and MARUAH for an online panel discussion about the role of the UPR in Singaporean advocacy, policymaking and discourse this Friday, Nov 19, from 3pm-5pm! Proudly organised by the Yale-NUS/NUS Community for Advocacy and Political Education (CAPE)

Sign up at bit.ly/UPRCAPE or scan the QR code

(Updated with slides) The Public Order Act and its disempowering effect on Singapore – Sunday, 20 December 2020

10 December 2020

Please click on the links below to access a copy of the slides used by the speakers during their presentation.

Presentation by Priscilla Chia – “Public Order Act – Criminalising civil disobedience?”

Presentation by Howard Lee – “The Public Order Act – Media Analysis & Impact”

Once again, we thank our speakers, Ms Priscilla Chia and Mr Howard Lee, and all participants for making time this afternoon to discuss the impact of the misuse of the Public Order Act on political and social discourse in our country.

We look forward to having you join us again at our next event. Please keep a lookout on our Facebook page or here on this website for updates.

MARUAH Secretariat

[Repost] Unpacking the AICHR Five-Year Work Plan: A Conversation with AICHR Members – Fri, 23 Oct 2pm

19 October 2020

Please click on poster above to access the livestream on YouTube on Fri, 23 Oct at 2pm (SG time).

Thank you.

[Webinar] Online Forum on the Impact of Covid-19 on the Rights of Migrant Workers in ASEAN (18 September 2020 10am)

18 September 2020

[Update] Recording of the online forum is now available! Please click on link below to watch this on YouTube.

Post GE2020 Webinar: “Our Youth, Our Future” on 5 September 2020 (via Zoom)

5 September 2020

MARUAH hosted the GE2020 Post election webinar entitled “Our Youth, Our Future” this morning (5 September).

We would like to thank all our speakers, Discussant Prof Kenneth Paul Tan and Moderator Ms Braema Mathi for taking time to share their thoughts and contributing to a lively discussion. We also would like to thank all Zoom participants and viewers who watched the webinar via the Facebook livestream.

The video from the webinar has been uploaded to MARUAH YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/glRSVAvrdqE, please feel free to share this with all your contacts.

If you would like to join MARUAH as a volunteer, please fill in this form – https://bit.ly/3jLdqx6.

Thank you and we look forward to having you at our next online discussion. 

MARUAH Secretariat

GE2020: Our Youth, Our Future (registration closed)

14 August 2020

Please follow the ‘live-stream’ of the webinar on MARUAH’s Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MARUAHsg/ from 10.00am onwards on 5 September 2020.

Should there be any technical issues with Facebook, please view the webinar on MARUAH’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MARUAHSG/, we hope to upload the video by 2.00pm on 5 September 2020.

The webinar will be led by Discussant Prof Kenneth Paul Tan (https://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/our-people/faculty/kenneth-paul-tan) and Moderator Ms Braema Mathi (https://sg.linkedin.com/in/braema-mathi-88b95216).

Our panellists are –

Mr Charles Yeo, Advocate and Solicitor

Reform Party’s candidate in GE2020

Charles is a practising lawyer and political activist in Singapore and also serves as the Chairman of the Reform Party. During the webinar, he will be speaking on how the law has a chilling effect on civil society generally and how a culture of intimidation and fear is used to create a system of self-censorship

Mr Nicholas Tang, Law Engineer

Red Dot United’s candidate in GE2020

Nicholas is keenly interested in political and social issues and shares the concerns, experience and challenges of young Singaporeans as they deal with an increasingly daunting and globalised world. He is determined to understand the problems faced by his peers; to help improve the lives of future generations and strongly feels that participation in civil discourse is the duty of every citizen.

Ms Vigneswari Diana Ramachandran, Teacher

People’s Voice Party’s candidate in GE2020

Vigneswari currently serves as the teacher of Citikids Edventure at Bukit Panjang, responsible for children aged 6 years old preparing teaching aids, lesson materials, observations, summary reports,  work samples and children’s progress also linking home school partnership projects between the school and parents. She has 12 years of teaching experience in the preschool education industry and in other sectors such as in retail. She is also the member of People’s Voice Party. 

During the webinar, she will be addressing the educational system in Singapore and the issues faced in the preschool sector from teachers’, operators’, and students’ perspective. 

Mr Terence Soon Jun Wei, Aviation Professional

Head of Youth Wing

Progress Singapore Party’s candidate in GE2020

Terence currently heads the youth wing in the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), also known as the PSP Youth Catalyst. He was a candidate in the recent GE 2020, contesting under the PSP’s banner in Tanjong Pagar GRC.

Terence is an aviation professional; formerly running a business dealing with the brokerage of private aircraft, before joining Singapore Airlines in 2015 where he is currently a Pilot operating the Boeing 777 jets.

Terence will be discussing about the youth effect on GE 2020’s results, and what youth in Singapore can, and must, do in the years ahead in order to effect the change that they want to see in our society. Terence strongly believes that youths are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but they can be the leaders of today.

Ms Min Cheong, Writer and Marketing Communications Strategist

Singapore Democratic Party’s candidate in GE2020

Min is a seasoned writer and marketing communications strategist who has worked for multinational corporations, start-ups, and non-profit organisations across industries spanning consumer technology, telecommunications, lifestyle, and education. 

She joined the SDP in 2011 as a volunteer in the policy studies unit, and was a counting agent for the party in both the 2011 and 2015 General Elections before becoming more active in her contributions. She is now a member of the Young Democrats, Women Democrats, and Communications teams.

Min is an advocate of open public discourse, and is also passionate about what she calls Workforce Wellness – an overarching approach to reforming how we live and work – covering issues ranging from socio-economic sustainability, job creation and innovation, career empowerment, organisational culture, and personal wellbeing.

She believes in harnessing information, innovation and technology as tools people can use to empower themselves, share ideas and better the world; and supports enlightened, compassionate, and respectful leadership focused on value-creation above profit-generation.

All are welcome to attend the webinar, should the Zoom attendance limit be reached, please follow the live streaming on MARUAH’s Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MARUAHsg/

[Repost] UPR Info: Free Webinar on Civil Society Submissions to the Universal Periodic Review

30 July 2020

* New timing: English session to be held on Tuesday, 4th August 2020 at 9:00 am CET / 3.00pm (SG time)

This webinar will equip human rights advocates with the tools and information necessary to engage with the UPR, a unique mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council aimed at improving the human rights situation in UN Member States. To participate in the event, please register here. 

Civil society is encouraged to submit their own assessment of the human rights record of the States under Review to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) around 6–8 months before the review itself. The OHCHR will compile all of the civil society reports received into a single summary report. If your organization submits a well-documented and structured report, your key priorities will most likely be included in OHCHR summary report.

All human rights advocates are welcome to participate. 

In light of the deadline for the submission of the Stakeholders reports for the States that will be reviewed at the 38th session (15th October 2020), we particularly encourage the attendance of civil society organizations, human rights defenders and NHRIs from Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia, Paraguay, Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone and Singapore.

Kindly note that the webinar will take place in English, French and Spanish according to the following schedule:

English:  Tuesday, 4th August 2020 at 9:00 am CET / 3.00pm (SG time)
French:  Thursday, 6th August 2020 at 11:00 am CET
Spanish:  Wednesday, 19th August 2020 at 14:00 pm CET

Don’t forget to share our flyer with your CSO network! 

For further information, visit our website or contact us at:  stakeholders@upr-info.org

We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

With best wishes,

UPR Info Team

ANFREL: “What’s going on in Singapore?”, a webinar held on 5 July 2020

6 July 2020

Watch a replay of the 5 July 2020 webinar ‘What’s going on in Singapore’, hosted by ANFREL – Asian Network for Free Elections. MARUAH’s Secretary, Braema Mathi and PJ Thum of New Naratif were panellists for this webinar.

Please click on screen shot below to view the video in Facebook.

Statement on Recommendations to Improve the Status and Well Being of Migrant Workers in Singapore

6 May 2020

Dear all,

Last week, you were invited to a Labour Day webinar which was held to discuss Migrant Workers and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the webinar, a statement of recommendations from the discussions has been produced. Please click on link below to view this statement.

Statement on Recommendations to Improve the Status and Well Being of Migrant Workers in Singapore 6 May 2020

Prior to sharing this document with you, we have sent it to PM Lee and Ministers in the task force.

This document is being shared with you in your various capacities of interest on Covid-19 and Migrant Workers.

We hope that this document will bring more attention to the challenges of  migrant workers and how we as Singaporeans and as a nation can do our part in mitigating the impact on their community.



(updated with webinar recording) Labour Day Special Webinar – Migrant Workers and the Pandemic in Singapore (1 May 2020)

27 April 2020

Organised by MARUAH with technical support provided by Shape SEA

Please check back this post over the next couple of days as we upload additional presentation material.

Labour Day is special to all of us, as workers.

Have a Meaningful Labour Day as we remember those who have lost jobs, our dedicated front liners, all essential workers, healthcare workers and support staff, NGOs, union leaders, the civil service officers, multi-Ministry task force, government leaders and international leaders all and you and me…

Why meaningful? These are uneasy times, also very special as it makes us understand more on the types  of jobs and the workers. What are the new norms? How do we value the work of each other? The invisibility of so many workers, some whom we have overlooked.

Thank you for your interest and time.

A Meaningful Ramadan to all Muslim views and to many Migrant Workers who are Muslims too.

– Braema Mathi, MARUAH Secretary

Recording of the webinar

Speaker’s presentations:

  1. “The dorms are not the problem”, text version of presentation made by Mr Alex Au of Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) 
  2. “Co-creating solutions with migrant workers”, presentation slides used by Dr Satveer Kaur-Gill
  3. “Workers’ Housing In Context – Regulations, Reconsiderations, and Re-contextualisations”, presentation slides used by Dr Imran bin Tajudeen
  4. Presentation slides used by Ms Braema Mathi

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