ROUND-TABLE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR DIALOGUE WITH PUBLIC ON ANTI-CORRUPTION LAW

PRLP, in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute, conducted a roundtable with Members of Parliament (MPs) on October 25th to discuss issues regarding the current anti-corruption law. This event was led by the Access the Justice Initiative (A2JI) which is comprised of more than 40 civil society organizations throughout Myanmar. During this year A2JI is focusing specifically on anti-corruption issues and how they impact Myanmar citizens. As part of their anti-corruption efforts, A2JI has analyzed the current law and determined 14 points for which they recommend amendments. These recommendations include clarifications to, and, more precise definitions of, certain key terms; consolidation of similar provisions; enhancing provisions on transparency and accountability of the anti-corruption commission (ACC); and, adding provisions to avoid conflicts of interest for members of the investigating board. Sixty participants including MPs from the Bill Committee (Upper and Lower), Public Affair Committee, Rights of Women and Children Committee, Judiciary and Legal Affairs Committee, Public Complaints Committee, civil society, and anti-corruption experts discussed these findings and recommendations. The discussion focused on corruption reporting and how citizens can be involved in monitoring and detection. MPs were particularly interested in whether there is a whistle blowing policy that could aid in the implementation of the law and qualifications for members of the ACC. As a result of this round table, MPs from the Public Affair committee want to meet with A2JI to discuss how to monitor the ACC and learn more about citizen’s perspectives. Round-tables, such as these, are a prime example of bringing the public into constructive and thoughtful dialogue with their elected lawmakers which is a cornerstone of democratic process.

Promoting the community awareness raising in Anti-corruption issues

The USAID-funded Promoting the Rule of Law Project (PRLP) is strengthening local efforts to address corruption with support for the Access to Justice Initiative (A2JI), a coalition of more than 40 leading civil society organizations (CSOs) working together to launch research-based advocacy efforts for reform of specific laws, and to promote transparency and citizen oversight of public justice actors through monitoring activities. With support from PRLP, A2JI conducted an anti-corruption training in Mawlamyine on September 13 and 14, to raise awareness and increase community understanding of these issues. Twenty-one participants from 19 CSOs and community based organizations in the Mawlamyine region completed the training held at the Local Resource Centre, one of the A2JI partners. Trainers included Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo and Dr. Daw Nyo Nyo Thin, who discussed the United Nations Convention against Corruption and shared their international anti-corruption experiences. The training included group discussions on the anti-corruption law, barriers to combating corruption, and the current situation in Myanmar. PRLP is improving access to justice for marginalized communities by providing direct legal aid services for 3023 cases, legal rights awareness raising for 9,607 individuals, and capacity development for 845 community paralegals. PRLP’s Grantees have also trained 15,517 individuals on legal awareness, human rights, women’s rights, advocacy, legal service skills, child protection referral systems, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

တရားမွ်တမႈကိုလက္လွမ္းမွီႏိုင္ေစေရးအဖြဲ႔ (A2JI)သည္ ၂၀၁၅ ခုႏွစ္ ဇူလိုင္လ တြင္ USAID ၏ တရားဥပေဒစိုးမိုးမႈ ျမွင့္တင္ေရး စီမံကိန္း၏ ကူညီပ့ံပိုးမႈျဖင့္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ တရားမွ်တမႈ ရရွိခံစားႏိုင္ခြင္႔ကို ျမွင္႔တင္ေပးမည္႔ ဖြဲ႔စည္းပံုဆိုင္ရာႏွင္႔ မူ၀ါဒဆိုင္ရာ အေျပာင္းအလဲမ်ား ခ်မွတ္ေရးကို အေထာက္အကူျပဳရန္ ႏွင္႔ တရားမွ်တမူကို လက္လွမ္းမွီႏိုင္ေစေရးအတြက္ အရပ္ဘက္ဆိုင္ရာ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းမ်ား ဦးေဆာင္ျပီး ဖြဲ႕စည္းထားေသာ အဖြဲ႔ျဖစ္သည္။ ထို႕အျပင္ မူဝါဒဆုိင္ရာ အေျပာင္းအလဲမ်ား ခ်မွတ္ေရးကို အေထာက္အကူျပဳရန္ႏွင့္ က႑အသီးသီးတြင္ တရားမွ်တမႈကို အတားအဆီး ျဖစ္ေစေသာအရာမ်ားအား ေဖာ္ထုတ္ျခင္းႏွင့္ တရားမွ်တမႈကို လက္လွမ္းမွီႏိုင္ ေသာ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈကို ျမွင့္တင္ျခင္း၊ တရားေရးက႑၏ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမ်ား အေပၚ ဦးေဆာင္ပါဝင္ႏုိင္ေရး တို႕အတြက္ - သုေတသန၊ အသိပညာေပး လွဳံ႕ေဆာ္ ေတာင္းဆို ျခင္း ႏွင့္ တရားရုံးေလ့လာေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရး ႏွင္႔ ႀကီးၾကပ္ေရးဟူေသာ အစုအဖြဲ႕ (၃)ခုုကို ဖြဲ႕စည္း ထားသည့္အျပင္ သီးျခားဥပေဒမ်ား ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရး ပြင့္လင္းျမင္သာရွိမႈကို ျမွင္႔တင္ေရးႏွင္႔ အမ်ားျပည္သူဆိုင္ရာ တရားစီရင္ေရး ေဆာင္ရြက္သူမ်ားကို ႏိုင္ငံသားမ်ားက ၾကီးၾကပ္ေရးတို႔အတြက္ သုေတသန အေျချပဳေသာ အသိပညာေပး လွဳံ႕ေဆာ္ေတာင္းဆိုေပးမႈကို ပူးေပါင္း လုပ္ေဆာင္လွ်က္ရွိေနပါသည္။

၂၀၁၇ခုႏွစ္တြင္ တရားမွ်တမႈလက္လွမ္းမွွီႏိုင္ေရးအဖြဲ႕သည္ တရားဥပေဒစိုးမိုးေရးႏွင့္ တရားမွ်တမႈကို လက္လွမ္းမွီႏုိင္ျခင္းအတြက္ ၾကီးမားေသာ အတားအဆီးျဖစ္ေစေသာ အဂတိလိုက္စားမႈကို တိုက္ဖ်က္ေရးတြင္ ဦးတည္လုပ္ေဆာင္လွ်က္ရွိပါသည္။ အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာ အဂတိလိုက္စားမႈ တိုက္ဖ်က္ေရးေန႔ အထိမ္းအမွတ္ လူထုအသိပညာေပးျခင္းအခမ္းအနားကို ရန္ကုန္ျမိဳ႕မဟာဗႏၶဳလပန္းျခံတြင္ ဒီဇင္ဘာလ ၉ ရက္ေန႔ ညေနပိုင္းကက်င္းပျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့သည္။ အဆိုပါအခမ္းအနားတြင္ အဂတိလိုက္စားမႈ ဆိုင္ရာပညာေပးေဟာေျပာျခင္း ၊ပညာလက္ကမ္းစာေစာင္မ်ားေ၀ငွျခင္း၊ဂရက္ဖီတီေရးဆြဲျခင္းအျပင္ ပေဟဠိမ်ားေျဖဆိုျခင္းႏွင့္ေတးဂီတေဖ်ာ္ေျဖေရးအစီအစဥ္မ်ား ကိုလည္း ထည့္သြင္းက်င္းပခဲ့သည္။

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Anti-Corruption Day Event Report(Myanmar)

The International Anti-Corruption Day Event organized with the aim to increase awareness on anti-corruption for public and members of parliments (MPs) was a very first time event organized by Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar.

Anti-Corruption Day Event Report(Myanmar)