• Election and Pledge Project (Part -4)

    Posted in Ideas & Impacts on Oct 21, 2020

    Amendments to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law (VFV Land Law) and the Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Law (LAARL) are considered particular embarrassments, as they are poorly conceived and do little to protect people’s rights to their land, especially landholdings under customary systems of tenure. Ambiguities in new legislation allows decision makers to take arbitrary decisions about who owns land, evicting farmers whose families have worked plots for generations.

  • Election and Pledge Project (Part -3)

    Posted in Ideas & Impacts on Oct 19, 2020

    In 2019, nearly 100 protesters were charged for engaging in protests, such as anti-war protesters recently charged under the Penal Code. The Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law is vaguely worded, and in practice local authorities still think protesters require permission to protest. When peaceful protests do take place, the authorities primarily seek to control and/or shut them down, rather than protect and facilitate citizens’ right to protect.

  • Election and Pledge Project (Part -2)

    Posted in Ideas & Impacts on Oct 16, 2020

    In the absence of a strong independent court system, access to justice often depends on the ability of defendants to pay bribes; on the extent to which other branches of government wish to see a conviction and their undue influence on the process; and often on popular opinion. Frequently, therefore, those most marginalised in wider society are those with least access to impartial and fair treatment in the courts.

  • Election and Pledge Project (Part -1)

    Posted in Ideas & Impacts on Oct 12, 2020

    For many civil society organisations, a key step in the peace step in the process involves transitional or restorative justice, whereby state authorities openly acknowledge rights violations of the past and institute a process of justice and healing. In Myanmar it seems particularly difficult for military or civilian authorities to acknowledges past injustices, even though this has been instrumental in the peace processes of many other post-conflict societies.

  • ၂၀၂၀-၂၀၂၁ ပြည်ထောင်စုဘတ်ဂျက် အနှစ်ချုပ်

    Posted in Budget Transparency on Sep 30, 2020

    ၂၀၂၀-၂၀၂၁ ဘဏ္ဍာနှစ်အတွက် ရသုံးမှန်းခြေငွေစာရင်း(ဘတ်ဂျက်)ကို လွှတ်တော်က အတည်ပြုလိုက်ပြီး ဖြစ်ပါတယ်။ အတည်ပြုပေးလိုက်တဲ့ ဘတ်ဂျက်ရဲ့ အသုံးစရိတ်အပိုင်းမှာ ဘာတွေပါဝင်သလဲဆိုတာကို ဒီဆောင်းပါးမှာ အနှစ်ချုပ်ဆွေးနွေးတင်ပြသွားမှာ ဖြစ်ပါတယ်။

  • Bill Analysis: Central Provident Fund Bill

    Posted in Legislative Research on Sep 01, 2020

    As with most new legislation, there has been a disturbing lack of consultation and engagement with the public or financial experts on the design of this scheme, which would have been an opportunity to explore risks and opportunities of the various approaches in a measured and evidence-based manner. Instead, we (once again) have a hastily drawn up bill that will have a marked impact on many civil servants and the potential to severely harm the state of the our public finances, that appears not to have been the subject of any serious consultation or technical cost-benefit analysis.

  • Alert! Election Ahead!

    Posted in Ideas & Impacts, Legislative Research on Aug 28, 2020

    Many people have fought long and hard for the right to vote in Myanmar. The UEC and all state institutions should be rejoicing in the opportunity people now have to freely discuss and debate political ideas ahead of the November poll. But instead, by frightening people with information about potential fines or imprisonment, they are sending out the opposite message.

  • Backgrounder & Summary: Central Provident Fund Bill

    Posted in Legislative Research on Aug 14, 2020

    The CPF will affect all new personnel and those with fewer than 10 years of service, counted at the date the law comes into force. Civil service personnel with more than 10 years of service will be able to continue receiving benefits from the old system. The changes under the bill are planned begin in the coming fiscal year, and in the Budget Bill for the 2020-2021 FY, 100 billion kyat has been put for the implementation of the CPF.

  • Voting, Not Voting and the Right to Criticise

    Posted in Legislative Research on Aug 11, 2020

    Democracy might begin, but certainly does not end, with voting. As well as being able to periodically elect the government, citizens also have the right to ongoing participation in the policymaking process, and the day-to-day activities of government.

  • Voting, Not Voting and Democracy

    Posted in Legislative Research on Aug 06, 2020

    In a democracy, it is guaranteed in law that those above a certain age have the right to vote in the election, and in most democracies, including Myanmar, the right not to vote – to abstain – is also protected. Interestingly, some countries like India have inserted an alternative option of ‘none of the above’ on the ballot for those who dislike all parties or candidates. Known as the “right to reject”, it is enshrined in the election laws of those countries.