Thursday, August 25, 2011

NLD to work with lawyers to have their revoked licenses renewed

Thursday, 25 August 2011 22:36 Phanida

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Pro-democracy lawyers whose licenses have been revoked are preparing to apply to renew their license with the help of the National League for Democracy.

NLD Vice Chairman Tin Oo, who has had his lawyer's
license revoked by the former Burmese junta.
Photo: Mizzima
NLD Vice Chairman Tin Oo said, in addition, the NLD will help student activists who have been dismissed from schools to apply to continue their studies.

“We assume that President Thein Sein is good-natured, so we will take this opportunity to reapply. We spoke to Mr. Quintana on Wednesday [about it],” Tin Oo, whose lawyer’s license has been revoked, told Mizzima.

Following a suggestion by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and with the help of the NLD central law advisory group, doctors, teachers, artists and writers whose [relevant] licenses have been revoked will also apply to have their license renewed.

“At this time, we do it with the hope that our applications will be successful,” said Tin Oo, who is also the chairman of the NLD central law advisory group.

In the meeting between UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana and Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon on Wednesday, the issue was discussed. Originally,  the NLD plan was to help lawyers get their professional licenses again. But after the meeting on Thursday, it was decided to help other kinds of professionals and the dismissed students.

Aung Thein, a member of the NLD central law advisory group, said the NLD would hold a press conference on the issue in early September.

“We think that the new government should seriously consider this issue,” he told Mizzima.

Under the former junta, Aung Thein spoke for political activists in court. He was sentenced to four years in prison for allegedly violating the “Contempt of Court Act.” He was released from prison on March 6, 2009. His lawyer license has been revoked.

According to information compiled by the NLD, the lawyer licenses of 24 NLD members have been revoked.

On Wednesday, Lower House MP Thein Nyunt submitted a proposal to revoke the “Contempt of Court Act, 1926” in the Lower House. The proposal was rejected on Thursday.

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