Japan Provides Funding for Rule of Law Centres

Jun 2, 2016

[Nay Pyi Taw – 2nd June, 2016] The Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Toily Kurbanov, and the Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar Mr. Tateshi Higuchi, signed a ¥113m (US$1m) funding agreement to support UNDP’s work in Myanmar in the area of rule of law.

Four Rule of Law Centres, established by UNDP in Yangon, Mandalay, as well as Myitkyina (Kachin State) and Taunggyi (Shan State) enable legal professionals, community leaders and civil society organizations to access knowledge and to nurture skills and general awareness of the law.  

The Centres have grown into vital community hubs where government and people come together to exchange insights and to discuss necessary measures on issues of mutual concern such as drug issues, impact of drug use on communities and prevention strategies, labor laws, squatters’ rights and land-related issues, violence against women and children, and the new legal aid law.

Established under the auspices of the Union Parliament of Myanmar and the guidance from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Centres are an integral part of UNDP’s support to democratic governance in Myanmar.

“The funding from Japan comes at a critical time when we are expanding our work in terms of community outreach in various parts of Myanmar. Ultimately, this generous contribution from the government and people of Japan will help to increase trust in the justice system,” said Mr. Kurbanov.

“A correct understanding of the concept of Rule of Law is needed in both judicial professions and ordinary people in society for the establishment of true democratization,” said H.E. Tateshi Higuchi.

The Rule of Law Centres project is implemented by UNDP, through the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), with support from the governments of, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and UNDP, and now Japan.