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MARUAH is a Singapore human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO).

MARUAH means "dignity" in Malay, Singapore’s national language. It believes that human rights is fundamentally about maintaining, restoring and reclaiming one’s dignity at the individual, regional and international level. It works with the aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and uses the spirit of the main international treaty bodies to focus on civil liberties and on social, economic and cultural justice.

MARUAH is also the Singapore focal point of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, which is officially recognised in the ASEAN Charter as an entity and stakeholder associated within ASEAN. The Working Group has national representatives from all of the founding Member States of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The organisation was founded in 2007 by Braema Mathi, who is its main spokesperson.

Its e-mail address is:


MARUAH seeks 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’s constitution can be downloaded here:[1].

See also[]


  • MARUAH's website:[2] and Facebook page[3].