Feasibility study on establishing Rule of Law Centres to be finalized in March

Feb 27, 2014

A meeting conducted in Shan State as part of feasibility study on establishment of Rule of Law Centres in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw - A feasibility study on the establishment of Rule of Law centres in Myanmar will be finalized next month. The feasibility study will allow all parties involved to consider the advantages and disadvantages of a range of options for the Rule of Law Centres in ensuring that local judges and other law enforcement officials are better equipped to perform their functions.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) agreed in November last year to carry out a feasibility study for the Parliament on Rule of Law Centres. A coordinating committee was formed to work with UNDP, which includes representatives from the Office of the Attorney General of the Union, Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, Ministry of Home Affairs - General Administration Department, Myanmar Police Force, key Ministries as well as members of Parliaments and the Parliamentary Commission.

A meeting of the coordinating committee for the Rule of Law feasibility study was organised on 24 February and UNDP updated the committee on the progress made in carrying out the feasibility study with the Coordinating Committee and with key development partners.

The Coordinating Committee heard that whilst the feasibility study is ongoing and is including fieldwork in Lashio and Mandalay; no decisions have yet been made about the location of any possible pilots that might be established by the Coordinating Committee. The UNDP technical team will continue to carry out consultations with all stakeholders and will put forward analysis and recommendations in line with international best practice. 

The feasibility study report will be presented to the Coordinating Committee by the end of March. After receiving the report, the next steps will be for the Coordinating Committee to review the proposed options for the Rule of Law Centres including possible sources of support for financing and partners to implement.

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