48 laws must be enacted as priority: legal commission
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