KIO, govt teams lay groundwork for further talks
By KO HTWE
Liaison teams representing the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Burmese government’s Peace-making Work Committee concluded a two-day meeting in Myitkyina on Tuesday with at least one mediator saying hopes are high that negotiations will recommence at a union-level in October.Speaking to DVB after the meeting, Hla Maung Shwe of the Myanmar Peace Centre said the two delegations focused mainly on the issues of a nationwide ceasefire; the formation of a committee to monitor the ceasefire process; the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs); and fixing arrangements for next month’s meeting.
Myanmar Pledges to Tackle Human Trafficking Through International Collaboration
Myanmar has vowed to step up its battle against human trafficking by doing more to check the problem at home and collaborating in preventive efforts with the U.S. and its Southeast Asian neighbors.Home Affairs minister Ko Ko said the authorities would also emphasize efforts to address the rights of the victims of human trafficking, which has grown into a big problem in Myanmar’s cities in recent years.
Myanmar Government, Kachin Rebels to Hold Top-Level Peace Talks
Myanmar’s Kachin rebel leaders have agreed to meet with top government peace negotiators next month in a bid to forge a cease-fire agreement that could pave the way for a nationwide peace accord encompassing all of the country’s armed ethnic groups, negotiation committee members said Tuesday.
The talks will be the first at the central level since a landmark meeting in May and come as the government scrambles to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement by October.Members of the technical teams of peace negotiators from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the government approved plans for the talks during the second day of their meeting in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina, said Hla Maung Shwe, an adviser for the government-affiliated Myanmar Peace Center.
Myanmar to see free, fair polls in 2015, says electoral body
By Eleven Myanmar/Asia News Network
MYANMAR - Myanmar will hold a completely free and fair national election in 2015, the election commission chairman told reporters in Yangon on Saturday.
Tin Aye, chairman of the Union Election Commission, said a strategic plan was being drawn to ensure a smooth and problem-free election."Blunders and weaknesses in the election process will cause problems. So we are drafting a strategic plan to implement the election process," Tin Aye told the reporters at the Inya Lake Hotel.
Teaching Myanmar’s next generation of lawyers
Author: Melissa Crouch, NUS
Major changes have already been made to the legal system in Myanmar over the last two years.
The next 10 years will be crucial to the country’s transition to a democratic legal system. As the reform process progresses, there is an urgent need for a new generation of law graduates capable of contributing to the development and consolidation of the law reform process.In August 2012, it was announced that undergraduate degrees would begin to be offered once again by the University of Yangon and Mandalay University. This new cohort of students, to begin in December 2013, will include 15 LLB students in each of the law departments. These changes raise key challenges when considered in light of the history of legal education and the tertiary sector.
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