Singapore political NGO Think Centre (TC) will present their 2011 Human Rights Defender Award to Jolovan Wham, Executive Director of HOME – Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics this Saturday, 14 January 2012.
In 2003, the first such award was presented to the late J.B. Jeyaretnam. This year it will go to social worker Wham, whose organisation HOME advocates for the rights and welfare of migrant workers – low-waged transient labourers and others like domestic workers who lack the full range of legal and humanitarian protections while working in Singapore.
From TC’s website:
Post 2011, the “new normal” recognizes human rights and workers’ rights in a “caring and sharing” ASEAN which is becoming more people-oriented. Since ASEAN began to engage with civil society, significant changes have happen. ASEAN has already set-up the AICHR (ASEAN intergovernmental commission on Human Rights). Civil society organizations based in ASEAN have set up the Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (TFAHR) and Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers (TFAMW) to engage the various ASEAN process in the protection and promotion of human rights and labour rights including the rights of the migrant workers.
Think Centre’s Human Rights Award seeks to identify and honour these individuals and organizations that strive to promote human rights practices. The AWARD hopes to foster a sense of duty to participate in the promotion and protection of human rights.
It is thus, a great honour for TC to confer the third Human Rights Defender Award 2012 to Jolovan Wham, in recognition of his contribution to the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.
TC invites you to attend the Human Defenders Award 2011 to be held on:
Date: Saturday 14 January 2012
Time: 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Venue:Oxford Hotel Cafe, 218 Queens Street,Singapore 188549
Please kindly email your RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 12.00pm, 14 Jan 2012.