Monday, October 22, 2012

Rule of Law committee receiving complaints

Monday, 22 October 2012 14:34 Mizzima News

The Lower House committee for the Rule of Law and Stability has received more than 1,700 complaint letters seeking help, according to an article on the Elevennews website on Sunday.

Most of the complaints are related to land disputes, and legal and judicial issues, said committee Secretary Win Myint. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is chairman of the committee.

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

“The complaints come from across the country,” he told Elevennews. “We will deal with them by seeking cooperation from related ministries. He said the committee would try to improve the judicial system.

“We have plans to submit our findings to the parliament,” said committee member and MP Thein Nyunt.

The committee is charged with overseeing that lawmakers, judicial bodies, government staff and media conform to the rule of law.

Earlier, Mizzima reported that Parliament Legal Affairs and Investigating Committee member Than Maung told a Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) meeting that people must understand that the police, courts, public administrators and government staff are all public servants who are bound to serve within the rule and regulations of the government.

It’s necessary for people “to raise their voice over their grievances and dissatisfactions with the legal framework. Only then will there be rule of law and our country will keep up internationally as a democratic country,” Than Maung said.

During her by-election campaign, Suu Kyi made the rule of law a major campaign issue.

In June, Mizzima reported that Suu Kyi said Burma needed rule of law more than safeguards for investors at this time in the country’s transition to democracy.

Speaking at the 21st World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok on June 1, she warned businessmen “even the best investment law would be of no use whatsoever if there is no court clean enough and independent enough to be able to administer these laws justly.”

 “Good laws already exist in Burma, but we do not have a clean and independent judicial system. Unless we have such a system it is no use having the best laws in the world,” she said.

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