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Anti-Smoking Groups want Government to control Sale of Electronic Cigarettes

Alarmed by the rising use of electronic cigarettes in the local market, anti-smoking groups want authorities to control the sale of the product as it leads to health hazards.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar Universities still not Autonomous: Academics

The higher education law that was recently released is being criticised by students and teachers for not giving universities the autonomy they require to increase efficiency and competitiveness, although some improvements are under way.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry issues First ECC but Online Database urged

A public online database of EIAs should be established asap. The environment ministry has released the first round of environmental permits, while public online access to those documentations is urged. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) has just issued the ministry’s first Environmental Complia ...
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judge refuses Bail for Two Journalists

A local court judge on Thursday rejected the request by two journalists of Reuters international news agency to post bail while facing trial for possession of classified documents.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judiciary to assess its Independence, try to make System More People-Friendly

The Union Supreme Court will conduct an assessment of its independence following the transition of the country to democracy after decades of military rule and try to make the judicial system more accessible to the people, according to a new five-year judicial strategic plan released on Monday.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Prison overcrowding is Human Rights Violation, says Group

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Chair U Win Mya said overcrowding in prisons is a form of human rights violation “Every prison is very crowded and it is not good. It is a violation of human rights,” he told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Lawyers Network defends Tanintharyi Weekly

The Dawei Probono Lawyers Network took to the defence of the Tanintharyi Weekly Journal, which has been sued in court by the regional government over a satire it published in November last year.
Date: 18 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Unlicensed Teachers face Jail under Draft of Education Law

A person teaching without a teacher license is subject to a prison sentence, according to the draft of a private education law that was released in December 2017.
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

By-Law on Disabled Rights goes to Parliament

The by-law on The Rights of Disabled Persons, aimed at protecting and promoting the welfare of people with disabilities, will be presented to the parliament at the next parliamentary session, a senior welfare department official said.
Date: 12 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Rights Commission: allow Family, Lawyers to see arrested Journalists

The government’s human rights commission on Thursday urged authorities to allow family and lawyers to visit the arrested two journalists of the Reuters international news agency.
Date: 22 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Corporate Sector enters the Fray to end Illegal Wildlife Trade

Corporate players are joining the nationwide campaign to eliminate the hunting of elephants in the wild and the illegal trade of wildlife products, including products made from elephants, and are supporting the “Voices for Momos” awareness campaign.
Date: 19 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Regional Government limits Drone Use in Yangon

The Yangon Region administration department has banned the flying of drones in 16 townships to ensure the safety of aircraft landing and taking off at the Yangon International Airport.
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Requirements on hiring Foreigners only applicable to MIC Firms

The government’s newly expanded requirements on hiring foreign employees announced in October are only applicable to companies permitted by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

World Bank-Myanmar to work on National Water Law

Public consultations on the Myanmar National Water Law will be held soon, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the opening remarks at the Third Asia Pacific Water Summit in Yangon on Monday.
Date: 12 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament OKs Plan for Two New Ministries

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 27 (MMT) - The parliament has approved the formation of two new ministries as well as a revamp of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission, the state newspaper has reported.
Date: 27 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Endangered Wildlife List to be revised, republished

Amid a rising threat to wildlife in the country, the government is taking measures to safeguard endangered species and will update and republish the list of endangered animals.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

MIC suspends New Investments in Timber Businesses

Permission for to start new timber-based businesses will be temporarily suspended in Myanmar, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) said in a November 16 statement, which was made public by the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) this week.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Civil Groups question Assembly Ban

Lawyers, legislators and civil libertarians have questioned a directive issued on Tuesday by Yangon Region Security and Border Affairs Minister Colonel Aung Soe Moe banning peaceful assemblies and processions in 11 townships.
Date: 10 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parties fear New Rule will restrict them

A new rule of the election body on media statements issued by political parties may restrict party activities, party leaders said on Monday.
Date: 07 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament approves signing BIMSTEC

Myanmar's parliament has approved the country’s signing of BIMSTEC Convention on Provision of Mutual Assistance Concerning Criminal Cases, parliament sources said Wednesday.
Date: 02 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Departing Lawyer urged NLD Government to get their Acts together

ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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Court Staff involved in Corruption: Committee

Low-rankING court officers have been accused of misusing judges’ names to solicit bribes, which is damaging the integrity of the courts, said U Myint Lwin, chair of the Examination Committee at the Yangon regional Hluttaw.

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Lawyers mark One Year since U Ko Ni’s Death

Lawyer groups marked the first anniversary of U Ko Ni’s assassination on Sunday with a call for the swift punishment of his accused murderers.

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Myanmar, Denmark launch New SME Fund

The Embassy of Denmark in Yangon and Department of SME Development under the Ministry of Industry on Thursday launched a Responsible Business Fund aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of Myanmar Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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Connectivity determinant to promote ASEAN-Indian Economic Cooperation

New Delhi, India, Jan 27 (ANTARA News) - Combined population of nearly 2 billion of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) and India could make southern Asian region a potential economic grouping.

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Chile, Thailand, ASEAN step up Cooperation on Anti-Money Laundering Campaign

BANGKOK, Jan 24 (NNT) - Thailand and Chile are organizing an international workshop on a joint anti-money laundering campaign.

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ASEAN-India Leaders vow to broaden Cooperation

Asean and Indian leaders agreed yesterday to enhance their strategic partnership and broaden cooperation in various fields to drive economic development in the two regions, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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Laos, Myanmar vow to cement Ties, sign Three Cooperation Deals

The governments of Laos and Myanmar agreed yesterday to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation during Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s official visit to the country.

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Myanmar takes Small Steps towards providing Greater Liquidity for SMEs

A rising number of start-ups as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are emerging in Myanmar as business opportunities rise. However, many companies fail to achieve their full potential and contribute substantially to the economy because capital assistance is lacking in the country.

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