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It's time for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Mid-Term Reporting!
The time has come again for all of us to get involved. MARUAH would like to invite you to join us in the mid-term reporting process and continue to be part of the coalition on UPR. If you are a newcomer to the process, we'd like to welcome you too!

The UPR is a process where UN member states are reviewed on their human rights situation. The mid-term report is an important document that provides further accountability by assessing the implementation of recommendations in between two UPRs.

Come join us in the review and show your support for the submission of the mid-term report as a coalition effort.

Light lunch will be provided at the event.

Date: 28th July 2018
Time 11.00am - 1.30pm
Venue: Blk 231 Bain Street
#04-41 Bras Basah Complex
Singapore 180231


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The Personal Data Protection Act (Act No. 26 of 2012) (“PDPA”) regulates the collection, use and disclosure of an individual’s personal data. The general rule laid out by the legislation is that personal data can only be collected, used and / or disclosed with the consent of the individual concerned.
The PDPA has been implemented in two stages. The Do Not Call (“DNC”) registry came into force on 2 January 2014. The remainder of the provisions, including those pertaining to the collection, use and disclosure of personal data, came into force on 2 July 2014.

The PDPA applies to all organisations, including non-governmental organisations such as MARUAH. It requires MARUAH to put into place practices and policies to meet the prescribed data protection standards. MARUAH is liable for all the acts committed by its employees and volunteers, unless reasonable steps have been taken by MARUAH to prevent these persons from violating the Act.
This external policy therefore aims to inform the general public about how MARUAH complies with the PDPA. It also provides a set of practical steps that people may take to gain access to, or make corrections to their personal data provided to MARUAH. These steps also allow them to withdraw their consent to the collection, use or disclosure of their personal data.

In this Data Protection Policy (“Policy”) and under the PDPA, “personal data” refers to any data (whether true or not) about an individual who can be identified [1] from that data; or [2] from that data and other information to which we have or are likely to have access.
Examples of such personal data may include a person’s:
• name, NRIC, passport or other identification number; date of birth;
• contact details such as telephone number(s), mailing address(es), and email address(es);
• education details;
• images, videos, and voice recordings;
• employment and financial details; or
• any other information relating to any individuals which may have been provided to MARUAH, in any form.
In this Policy, “we”, “us”, “our” or “MARUAH” refers to MARUAH, “you”, “your” or “yours” refers to the persons to whom this Policy applies.


MARUAH is committed to adhering to its legal obligations under the PDPA. This means that MARUAH will do its best to comply with the general rule laid out by the PDPA that personal data can only be collected, used and/or disclosed with the consent of an individual (subject to the exceptions and on the terms provided in the PDPA).
Note: The information in this Policy merely provides an overview of MARUAH’s obligations under the PDPA. This Policy is not a representation by MARUAH that is meant to create any private law obligation. MARUAH’s precise legal obligations may be found in the PDPA, the Personal Data Protection Regulations 2014 and any other subsidiary regulations, notices or guidelines in force. MARUAH may, from time to time, update this Policy to reflect any changes in legal or regulatory requirements.

In general, MARUAH collects personal data when:
• you submit any form be it online or hardcopy (such as registration, application, casework, membership, consent, public permission, or donation forms);
• you enter into any agreement with MARUAH;
• you provide other documentation or information in respect of your interactions, and transactions with MARUAH, or when you use MARUAH’s services (for example, when MARUAH’s needs to issue a receipt to you);
• you interact with MARUAH staff, volunteers, and other representatives (for example, via telephone calls, email, fax, letters, fax, and face-to-face meetings);
• you request that MARUAH contact you, or be included in an email or other mailing list kept by MARUAH;
• you respond to MARUAH’s request for additional personal data through other initiatives;
• you submit an employment, internship or volunteer application, or when you provide documents or information including your resume and/or curriculum vitae in connection with any appointment;
• MARUAH takes your photographs or videos when you attend MARUAH events;
• MARUAH seeks information about you and receives your personal data in connection with your relationship with MARUAH (such as for human rights related issues or employment applications), for example, from public agencies or the relevant authorities; and/or
• you submit your personal data to MARUAH for any other reason.
Accuracy: MARUAH will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the personal data MARUAH collects is accurate and complete. Please help MARUAH by ensuring that all personal data that you submit is complete and accurate. If you fail to do so, MARUAH may be unable to provide you with the services you have requested.
If MARUAH is likely to use your personal data to make a decision that affects you, or if MARUAH is likely to disclose your personal data to another organisation, MARUAH will make reasonable efforts to ensure that personal data collected by or on behalf of us is accurate and complete.
Security: MARUAH will protect the personal data by making reasonable security arrangements. However, MARUAH cannot completely guarantee the security of your personal data.

In general, MARUAH may collect, use and disclose personal data for the following purposes, amongst others:
• responding to, processing and handling complaints, queries, requests, feedback, tip offs and suggestions;
• assisting and contacting parties in relation to the services they have requested;
• liaising with the relevant authorities in relation to the services requested;
• contacting parties in relation to events MARUAH is hosting;
• research and advocacy purposes in relation to wildlife and conservation issues;
• to provide information to the relevant funding agencies;
• MARUAH’s internal record keeping purposes;
• applying for staff insurance;
• for use in MARUAH publications and publicity material, or to send out MARUAH publications and publicity material;
• contacting volunteers regarding their tasks, or regarding future volunteering opportunities; or
• complying with any applicable rules, laws and regulations, codes of practice or guidelines or to assist in law enforcement and investigations by relevant authorities and agencies (including but not limited to, the submission of audited accounts). MARUAH will seek your prior consent for any disclosure of your personal information in relation to these purposes and for any other purpose that is not listed above.
MARUAH will retain your personal data for as long as the purpose(s) for which it was collected remain(s) valid, or for as long as the personal data is necessary for MARUAH’s legal or business purposes.

If you:
• have any questions or feedback about how MARUAH handles personal data;
• have any complaints about how MARUAH has handled your personal data;
• wish to obtain access or make corrections to your personal data that MARUAH has; or
• wish to withdraw your consent to MARUAH’s use of your personal data,
you may contact MARUAH’s Secretary/Asst. Secretary at :
Please identify yourself and indicate the personal data that the request concerns. MARUAH will strive to respond to each request as soon as reasonably possible and as accurately and completely as necessary. However, please note that MARUAH may refuse your request under certain circumstances as laid out under the PDPA.
Note on Withdrawal of Consent: If you withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data, depending on the nature of your request, MARUAH may not be able to continue providing its services or performing its contractual obligations to you. Any withdrawal of consent may also result in the termination of any agreements or arrangements you have with MARUAH and you being in breach of your contractual obligations or undertakings. MARUAH reserves its legal rights and remedies in such an event.

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