Tag Archives: civil society

9 in 10 foreign workers satisfied?

By Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) For its International Migrants’ Day celebrations this year, the Ministry of Manpower and Migrant Workers’ Centre released the results of a wide scale quantitative study involving 4000 migrant workers.  The major findings of this report are as follows: 9 in 10 FWs (87.7% of WP holders and 90.7% of S Pass holders) were satisfied …

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Dog welfare group claims CNA cut its interview to suit its agenda

Local dog welfare group, Save Our Street Dog (SOSD) indicated in a Facebook post that Channel News Asia had edited the views of its outreach officer during the interview about the case of the Bukit Batok rats, making it seem as if SOSD placed the blame on the dog feeders for the rat infestation found at the hill next to the Bukit …

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HOME: Migrant workers continue to be exploited because of their nationality, class and gender

This International Migrants’ Day 2014, we stand in solidarity with workers all over the world in their struggle for dignity and human rights. Migrant workers make important contribution to their countries of origin and destination. However, in Singapore, HOME has been witness to the afflictions of thousands of migrant workers, who continue to be exploited because of their nationality, class and gender. We …

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EU Centre Singapore removed live tweets of Human Rights Seminar

European Union (EU) Centre Singapore removed the tweets of the seminar on Human Rights after activists stage a silent protest against an invited speaker known for her anti-homosexual speeches and stance. On Friday last week, the EU Centre in Singapore held a human rights seminar in conjunction with the upcoming human rights day on 10 December. However, certain members of …

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What’s wrong with foreign domestic workers’ day

By Jolovan Wham Last weekend, local group Foreign Domestic Workers’ Association for Skills Training and Social Support (FAST) and other partners celebrated Foreign Domestic Workers’ (FDW) Day, an event aimed at appreciating the contributions migrant domestic workers make to Singapore. There were stalls selling food, and booths where participants could play carnival games. Dance performances and a talent show which …

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Statement of concern on Thio Li-Ann as speaker at EU human rights seminar

The European Union Delegation to Singapore is organising a half-day seminar to mark and raise awareness of Human Rights Day (10 December) on 4 December. Former Nominated Member of Parliament Dr Thio Li-Ann has been listed as one of the speakers, with the topic “International Human Rights Law and National Courts in Asia”. The following is a statement issued by various members …

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MARUAH: Pool of PWD skilled workers not to be overlooked

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2014 The International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2014 will focus on the role of technology in three key areas: (i) disaster risk reduction and emergency responses, (ii) creating enabling working environments, and (iii) disability-inclusive sustainable development goals. The United Nations Enable website states that the main purpose of the day …

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Zoe Tay in TV campaign for SACC supporting victims of sexual violence

Today marks the beginning of a television campaign with MediaCorp Artiste Zoe Tay, showing her support for AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC). Two commercials, one in English and one in Mandarin, will be broadcast on Channel 5 and Channel U respectively from 25 November to 12 December. The television spots are generously supported by MediaCorp Cares as part of its …

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Response by Interagency Taskforce inappropriate for civil service

Stop Trafficking SG, a group made up of six non-governmental organisations, had responded to a letter by the Interagency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons, stating that the letter from the Taskforce “is inappropriately timed as the matter is now in Parliament and that process ought to take over first.” The matter in question is the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill. Stop Trafficking SG had …

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Victim protection enforces the law; Batons and raids do not

Adequate victim assistance and protection serve the interest both of the victim and of prosecution of the offenders. From a law enforcement perspective, poor victim assistance and protection may discourage victims from seeking assistance from law enforcement officials for fear of mistreatment, deportation or potential risks to their personal safety.” – UNODC, Model Law on Trafficking in Persons, p.44 By …

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