Giving the law more bite
Foreign experts attended a two-day workshop in Nay Pyi Taw to help Myanmar improve its legal framework against environmental crime.
LEGAL experts from around the world gathered recently in Nay Pyi Taw for a two-day workshop to help Myanmar improve its legal framework in the fight against environmental crime.
U Tun Tun Oo, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Myanmar, said on Monday at the start of the two-day meeting that it was aimed at boosting Myanmar’s review of environmental and climate change-related legal issues.
U Tun Tun Oo said the results of the meeting will become a roadmap for the future.
Among the participants were chief justices, judges and justice officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Pacific nations.
Legal experts from Britain, Australia, the US, Brazil, Kiribati and New Zealand attended the conference.
Among the topics discussed were challenges for the Myanmar political framework in environmental conservation and climate change, environmental conservation and human rights, the rapid expansion and settlement of urban areas, the judicial perspective on environmental conservation and climate change, and the adjudication of cases.
“Courts in various nations need to support this work with effective decisions and implementation,” said U Tun Tun Oo.
This year, parliament is expected to provide harsher punishments in the Protection of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas Law and the new Forestry Act. – Pyae Thet Phyo