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Category Archives: Bills

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“Hate speech” committee threatens more censorship

A new drafting committee for a “hate speech” “law” that includes much broader political “crimes” is another sign of the military’s intention to restrict freedom of expression in the long term. According to information received, on 21 May 2021 the military established a new drafting

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Six risks from Myanmar’s draft Cyber Security Law

This analysis outlines six serious risks posed by the Myanmar military government’s draft “Cyber Security Law”. It is based upon international standards relating to the right to freedom of expression. It builds upon a statement issued on 11 February by 250 civil society organisations in

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New Bill a big step backwards for RTI — သတင်းအချက်အလက်အခွင့်အရေးကို နောက်သို့အကြီးအကျယ်ခြေလှမ်းဆုတ်သွားစေသော ဥပဒေကြမ်းအသစ်

If adopted, the Myanmar government’s new Bill would significantly undermine the right to information (RTI) in one of the world’s most secretive countries. FEM urges the government and parliament to substantively revise the Bill in accordance with international democratic standards. The Ministry of Planning and

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5 violations that need addressing in protest law amendment – ငြိမ်းစုစီဥပဒေကို ပြင်ဆင်သည့် ဥပဒေကြမ်း၏ ဦးတည်ဆန်းစစ်ရန်လိုအပ်နေသော လူ့အခွင့်အရေးချိုးဖောက်နေမှု (၅)ရပ်။

Download this as a PDF» We welcome the recognition that the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law (the PAPP Law) is undemocratic and should again be amended by the government. Unfortunately, the Bill of Amendment of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law (the Amendment

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Protection of journalists and human rights defenders bill

Journalists and human rights defenders are regularly attacked for what they say in Myanmar. Reprisal attacks include surveillance, harassment, beatings and killings. Women also face gender-based attacks. Freedom of expression includes a right to protection from violent reprisals and journalists and human rights defenders urgently

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Protection Against Hate Speech Bill – အမုန်းစကားတားဆီးကာကွယ်ရေးဥပဒေကြမ်း၏ ဖြစ်နိုင်ခြေရှိသောဆိုးကျိုးများမှ အကာအကွယ်

Influential people that are intolerant of religious, ethnic, gender and sexual diversity have made hateful speech in Myanmar. Hateful speech has included everything from offensive and discriminatory remarks to incitement to violence and ethnic cleansing. People making hateful speech are unaccountable. The government has not

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Right to Information Bill

Myanmar is one of the most corrupt countries in the world with one of the most unaccountable governments. This is partly because the government is very secretive and many public officials believe that the information they keep on budgets, policies, and projects is secret. Myanmar

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Public Service Media Bill

Myanmar has a number of government-controlled broadcasters on radio and television, including channels run by the Ministry of Information and by the military. The government needs to end all government-controlled broadcasters and create a public service broadcaster. The USDP government proposed a Public Service Media