Toily Kurbanov: Remarks at the Yangon Rule of Law Centre Open Day

Jan 23, 2016

Mingalapar!

This is the fourth Rule of Law Center in Myanmar. Just like in Mandalay, Myitkyina and Taunggyi, now also in Yangon, legal professionals, community leaders and civil society organizations have new opportunity to learn about the law and gain additional skills. Just like in Mandalay, Myitkyina and Taunggyi, now also in Yangon local justice actors can join hands to address concerns about civil disputes, crime, land disputes, gender-based violence, corruption, traffic accidents, child labor, discriminatory living and employment conditions.

The 4 Rule of Law Centers are established by United Nations Development Programme and International Development Law Organization, with funding from Finland, Japan, Sweden and the United Kingdom at the request of the Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee and the guidance of its Chair Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Their curriculum covers criminal, civil and administrative law. It draws upon international experiences and Myanmar’s laws. It is available for all to use.

Already the Centers have trained many people who brought skills and knowledge back to their communities. In Lashio our graduates have formed a local Rule of Law group. Across Myanmar, the training has helped to build trust among different groups. CSOs, community members and lawyers – all report to have more confidence working with each other.

This project is not a standalone initiative. From the beginning UNDP is working hard to link it with other reforms promoting rule of law and access to justice. Just this Wednesday, for example Union Attorney-General’s office launched its first Strategic Plan that envisages multiple related initiatives, such as establishing Rule of Law index to measure progress across Myanmar.

As rule of law is a priority of the incoming government, we should together think about deepening and expanding the work of the centers. UNDP is ready to continue to support Myanmar in this endeavor. We look forward to working with all of you in the activities that will be implemented at this Center; between the Centers; and on the rule of law in general.

As the saying goes: “Pyaing tu toon yin yway naing,” together, we can accomplish even the seemingly impossible tasks.

Thank you! Chyezu tin bar tel!

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