Penal Code — ရာဇသတ်ကြီး
The Penal Code (aka Criminal Code) includes many articles on defamation, sedition, offense, religion and incitement that were created under a colonial government and are not suitable for a democracy. The articles are so vague and broad that they are easily used to suppress debate and punish those who criticise the government.
Summary of recommendations
The whole Penal Code needs urgent amendment to make it compatible with Myanmar’s new democracy. Many articles need complete repeal as they violate international law. Other articles need changing to bring them into line with international standards.
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