Giv­ing the law more bite

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.