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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.

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