LAST WEEK IN NAY PYI TAW
Workshop on civil and political rights held in Naypyitaw
A workshop on the International Covenant on civil and political rights was held in in Naypyitaw on January 31.
Jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR), the event discussed the articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) such as self-determination and scope and principles to spread awareness of ICCPR to communities through government bodies.
Myanmar is preparing to sign in the International Covenant within next two years.
After this first workshop, CCRP is scheduled to hold more workshops to promote awareness on signing the treaty.
Ethnic affairs ministry prepares to draft bylaw for protection of rights for national people
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on January 31 attended a workshop on drafting a bylaw for the protection of rights for national people.
The workshop reviewed and modified the first draft of the bylaw that was developed after the enactment of the Law for Ethnic Rights Protection in October 2015.
The bylaw is aimed at guaranteeing the rights of ethnic minorities to study their language and literature as well as to practice other elements of their culture and maintain their traditions.
After the opening remarks of Aung San Suu Kyi, regional Ministers for Ethnic Affairs discussed protection of literature, freedom of religion as well as preserving and retrieval of symbols of ethnic minorities such as names.
Myanmar switches on UN-REDD+ national programme
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation activated a National Program for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Naypyitaw on January 27.
With the support of the UN, the programme will enhance the capacities of government departments in forest conservation tasks to address climate change through developing technical support and sustainable manners.
Under the comprehensive agreement of the COP meeting 2015 and the National Forest Master Plan (NFMP), the REDD+ will target enforcement of forest law during the four-year period until 2020.
Myanmar has the third highest deforestation rate in the world as the country is suffering deforestation through increasing temperatures due to the high rate of greenhouse emissions.
Second parliament celebrates its first anniversary
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw held their first anniversary on February 1 during their term of the existing government.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw created 5 new legislations, amended 8 laws, and retracted 6 laws during the second term of this parliament.
At the event, the patron, the vice-patron, the Speaker and the Vice Speaker of parliament presented honorary titles to the ministries for participating in hosting the 37th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly which was held in Naypyitaw in October last year.