Monday, September 10, 2012

Shwe Mann, Suu Kyi speak on the rule of law

Monday, 10 September 2012 14:25 Mizzima News

Powerful Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann threw his weight behind the Rule of Law committee of the Lower House on Saturday.

Addressing a meeting between the Lower House committee and legal professionals in Rangoon, Shwe Mann said the rule of law is the building block for democracy, and if existing laws do not serve the interest of the country and its citizens they “should be amended or revoked," according to state-run media.

Opposition leader and head of the parliamentary committee on Rule of Law and Stability Aung San Suu Kyi, center, Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann, second from right, attend a meeting of the committee at the Rangoon Division Parliament on Sept. 8, 2012. Photo: AFP

Committee chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking to the legal community, emphasized, "that there is rule of law only when each and every citizen believes that the law can protect personal security and freedom."

"It would not be fair to say that there is rule of law if the security and freedom of citizens are not safe," she said, adding that her committee would work to provide coordination between state institutions and departments to take practical steps to implement the rule of law.

Aung San Suu Kyi was named chair of the 15-member Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility of the Lower House on Aug. 7.

The committee, appointed for one year, will help MPs monitor implementation of rule of law and coordinate, revoke, amendment or promulgate laws or by-laws as needed within the central government.

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