Myanmar (Burma)



A workshop on reformation of the rules governing Myanmar’s legal profession hosted by the IBAHRI and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nay Pi Taw, November 2014

The establishment of an independent bar association

The IBAHRI has placed an international legal specialist in Yangon to facilitate the development of a representative and independent national bar association in Myanmar. The three-year programme combines capacity building and advocacy initiatives, and is broken down into three phases:

  • To build the foundation and local consensus for a national bar association, to promote and protect the interests of the legal profession in Myanmar.
  • To legally register the bar association as an independent, representative professional body, and to promote reform of the rules regulating the legal profession in Myanmar.
  • To strengthen the capacity of the bar to function independently and democratically, as a representative professional body mandated to promote and protect the rule of law in Myanmar.

The IBAHRI programme follows a three-day legal seminar held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, organised by the IBAHRI and hosted by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chair of the Myanmar Parliamentary Committee on Rule of Law and Tranquility. 180 lawyers from across 12 of Myanmar’s 15 administrative divisions attended the event and took a significant first step towards the establishment of an independent, representative bar association, by forming the inclusive interim committee to steer its creation. Read more

Rule of law in Myanmar: challenges and prospects

The IBAHRI’s capacity-building work follows the findings of its 2012 fact-finding mission, which assessed the status of reform in Myanmar, with specific focus on the legal profession and national human rights mechanisms. During the country visit, the IBAHRI held 21 meetings with more than 100 individuals, including lawyers, judges, and parliamentarians of major political parties, the newly established National Human Rights Commission and a wide range of civil society stakeholders.

In January 2013, the IBAHRI launched its fact-finding report entitled The Rule of Law in Myanmar: Challenges and Prospects. The report concluded that the path ahead for Myanmar is marked with both opportunities and challenges. The delegation found that the Myanmar’s laws and the 2008 Constitution formally guarantee a number of important rights, but that national institutions frequently lack the capacity to put them into effect. Lack of independence within the legal profession and a lack of transparency within the legislative process were also found to be challenges faced by the country.  The success of future reforms would therefore require the creation of transparent bodies and processes that practically safeguard fundamental rights for all the people of Myanmar. Read more

 

Click on the links below for more IBAHRI activities, events, publications and news releases related to Myanmar:

 

Myanmar lawyers advance in mission to build a representative national bar association
The third meeting of the Myanmar Steering Committee for the establishment of an independent and representative national bar association, took place on 1 November 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar, facilitated by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). During the meeting committee members discussed the association’s draft constitution and by-laws which will be brought into force...
 

Myanmar: IBAHRI host workshop on laws governing legal profession with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
News release: 28 October 2014 - A workshop with the aim of promoting discussion on the need to reform current rules governing Myanmar’s legal profession is to be hosted by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), jointly with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the Myanmar Parliamentary Committee on the Rule of Law and Tranquility,in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, from 28–30 October 2014. Attending the workshop, entitled Laws Regulating the Legal Profession: A Comparative Review...
 

Myanmar, Capacity Building, 2014 - 2016
The IBAHRI has placed an international legal specialist in Yangon to facilitate the development of a representative and independent national bar association in Myanmar. The three-year programme combines capacity building and advocacy initiatives, and is broken down into three phases...
 

Myanmar’s legal profession moves to establish a national bar association
News release: 06 March 2014 - Myanmar’s legal profession has taken a significant step towards establishing an independent, representative national bar association by forming an inclusive interim committee to steer its creation. This measure follows a three-day legal seminar recently held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, which was organised by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and hosted by the Parliamentary Committee on Rule of Law and Tranquillity.
 

Myanmar: major legal seminar on bar associations’ best practices to be hosted by IBAHRI
News release: 13 February 2014 - Today, in the context of the rapid transformation Myanmar is undergoing, particularly in respect to the rule of law, a major legal seminar will take place on international and regional best practices for bar associations.
 

Myanmar/Burma country visit, July 2013
The IBAHRI returned to Myanmar/Burma in July on a scoping mission, to assess how the IBA can support the legal profession and further reform within the country
 

Panel discussion - The Rule of Law in Myanmar: Challenges and Prospects, 17 January 2013
On 17 January 2013, at the Law Society of England and Wales, the IBAHRI held a panel discussion on the rule of law in Myanmar (Burma), marking the launch of its report 'The Rule of Law in Myanmar: Challenges and Prospects'. This page hosts information on and pictures from the event, as well as hosting a film of the discussion and the Q&A section.
 

Myanmar – IBAHRI report encourages generous but vigilant international support in reform process
News release 18 December 2012 - In a new report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges international organisations and foreign governments to lend crucial support to the reform process in Myanmar (Burma), but warns that any assistance must be targeted carefully so as to include all sections of the country’s population.
 

IBAHRI report on Myanmar/Burma to follow in-country investigative mission
Media advisory note: 23 August 2012 - An International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delegation returned this week from a fact-finding scoping mission to Myanmar/Burma, facilitated by the British Embassy in Yangon. The high-level delegation was mandated to examine the state of the rule of law, particularly with respect to the access to justice before the courts, and to assess the genuineness of the Myanmar/Burmese authorities’ commitment to engage in serious law reform
 

Myanmar/Burma fact-finding mission, 2012
In August 2012 a high level IBAHRI delegation visited Myanmar/Burma on a fact-finding mission, to examine the state of the rule of law, particularly with respect to the access to justice before the courts, and to assess the genuineness of the Myanmar/Burmese authorities’ commitment to engage in serious law reform and respect for human rights.
 

IBAHRI Justice for Burma Campaign 2011
The Justice for Burma Campaign, launched by the IBAHRI in July 2011, aimed to galvanise support among the legal profession for the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) into international crimes in Burma, following the recommendation of the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar (Burma).
 

IBAHRI vists the United Nations, New York
In October 2011, the IBA President, Akira Kawamura, and IBAHRI Programme Lawyer, Shirley Pouget, visited the United Nations in New York during the 2011 General Assembly (UNGA) as part of the ongoing IBAHRI Justice for Burma advocacy programme.
 

Civil society gathers to brief EU diplomats on necessity for UN Commission of Inquiry for Burma
On 6 September 2011 high-level discussions on the urgent need for the establishment of a United Nations (UN) Commission of Inquiry (COI) into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma, will take place in Brussels.
 

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