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{Photos} SFD meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on Racism

On the evening of 22nd April 2010, Singaporeans for Democracy (SFD) held discussions with the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

The SFD delegation – Dr. James Gomez, Seelan Palay, Rachel Zeng and Martyn See – met with the UN Rapporteur, Githu Muigai, who was accompanied by his assistant Anh Thu Duong from the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

SFD handed a written submission to the Rapporteur at the start of the discussions.

These are photos of the meeting.

UN representative meets S’pore religious officials, heads of self-help groups, Alicia Wong, CNA, 22 April 2010

The progress and challenges of ethnic and religious communities here, as well as how the Republic manages racial and religious harmony, was the focus of a fact-finding mission in Singapore on Thursday.

United Nations expert on racism and xenophobia, Mr Githu Muigai, met members of the National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony and the chief executives from self-help groups to get their views.

Mr Muigai, who is here at the invitation of the government, also met members of the political association Singaporeans for Democracy (SFD) in the evening.

The group’s pro-tem president, Dr James Gomez, told reporters later that two international conventions on racism and racial discrimination was one issue Mr Muigai said he had raised with the government.

Singapore has yet to ratify the UN’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Mr Muigai is waiting to hear if the government would do so, said Dr Gomez.

Dr Gomez said that the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Tolerances was also “very interested” in Singapore’s Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system during his meeting with SFD.

“He wanted to understand how the placement of ethnic minorities within the GRC system helped enhance minority representation,” said Dr Gomez, whose group had earlier given Mr Muigai a list of concerns about discrimination. SFD will also provide him published works on the GRC system.

Mr Muigai, who will speak to the media at the end of his trip next week, reacted positively to a suggestion to gradually remove race from one’s identity card, said SFD member Seelan Palay.

“We hope his final report will be of value, as it will be a public document that … civil society can draw on,” said Dr Gomez.

“But I go away with the feeling that when it comes to race and racial issues and the politics of discrimination, Singaporeans have to empower themselves politically.”



9 thoughts on “{Photos} SFD meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on Racism

  1. Please, request the UN rep to read the below blog written by Solo Bear………..


    Posted by newsman | April 26, 2010, 02:51
  2. Also pls read about racism from A2ED’s blog……….


    and Seelan Palay’s blog………


    Posted by mindful | April 27, 2010, 02:03
  3. Gerald Giam on the ‘Melting Pot’ for Singapore……..


    Posted by meltingpot | April 27, 2010, 03:10
  4. Discrimination in Singapore is institutionalised, see below link pls.


    Posted by Peter | April 28, 2010, 03:53
  5. Thank you all for the links! 🙂

    Posted by Jacob 69er | April 28, 2010, 11:38
  6. Hello, someone linked posts here. I see that you have about the same thinking (more or less) about this race discrimination thing in Singapore.

    Here’s my latest post on racism in Singapore, in view of the fact that a UN personnel has made a report on Singapore’s situation.


    Posted by Solo Bear | April 29, 2010, 10:48


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