48 laws must be en­acted as pri­or­ity: le­gal com­mis­sion

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

MYAN­MAR needs to en­act 48 laws as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity, the Le­gal Af­fairs and Spe­cial Cases As­sess­ment Com­mis­sion has told par­lia­ment, with leg­is­la­tion aimed at tack­ling vi­o­lence against women at the top of that list.

The com­mis­sion pre­sented its find­ings in Nay Pyi Taw yes­ter­day.

“We have pre­sented 48 laws that can de­velop the pros­per­ity of the coun­try and cit­i­zens, which can pro­tect cit­i­zens, which can en­sure law en­force­ment and jus­tice,” said com­mis­sion vice chair U Ko Ko Naing.

“[These laws] are suit­able for the present day, to be en­acted as a pri­or­ity while the coun­try is re­form­ing,” he added.

U Ko Ko Naing read out a list of the 48 laws that the com­mis­sion is rec­om­mend­ing be pushed through, start­ing with the Na­tional Pre­ven­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women Law.

Oth­ers that topped the agenda were laws on copy­right, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, child’s rights, com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers, and leg­is­la­tion on mem­bers of both the Myan­mar Border Po­lice Force and Myan­mar Po­lice Force.

The le­gal re­form process would be more ef­fec­tive, U Ko Ko Naing noted, with the timely im­ple­men­ta­tion of by­laws.

“Even par­lia­ment took a lot of time for leg­is­la­tion, and [there were] many de­lays re­leas­ing by-laws. Un­less there are by-laws, leg­is­la­tion is dif­fi­cult to en­force,” he said.

The com­mis­sion found that 27 laws passed dur­ing the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw’s first ses­sion still re­quire at­ten­dant by-laws. These must be re­leased within 90 days af­ter a law is passed. How­ever, there are still by-laws due on pieces of leg­is­la­tion passed three years ago, U Ko Ko Naing said.

Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than said the com­mis­sion’s find­ings had been noted on the record. – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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