Burma: legal reform must target all in society gnomeandi/Shutterstock.com
Analysis from the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute set to be launched next month warns that assistance must be carefully targeted to all include all sections of the country’s population. The committee’s chairwoman, top English lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, said the country ‘is making important strides in terms of reform, but many challenges lie ahead’.
She added: ‘Reform will require systematic change, including the creation of new institutions and constitutional amendments. Furthermore, Myanmar [Burma] must confront and overcome its recent history in order for those reforms to have impact… It is vital that reform is realistically paced, so as to ensure that communities and political parties are able to move forward in a unified and productive manner.’
Her institute’s report – ‘The Rule of Law in Myanmar: Challenges and Prospects’ – is based on research conducted by a fact-finding mission in August this year. The delegation found the country’s laws and the 2008 Constitution ‘formally guarantee a number of important rights, but national institutions frequently lack the capacity to put them into effect’.