New gov’t to defend race and religion laws at UN conference

The legislation that includes steps offering authorities the right to restrict how frequently women are allowed to deliver has actually drawn local and international condemnation for oppressing women’s rights and purposely victimizing Myanmar s Muslim population.

It was introduced in 2014 under the military-backed government of then-president U Thein Sein following pressure from hardline nationalist monks, regardless of extensive objections from women’s rights groups, some members of which reported receiving death dangers from extremists for their opposition to the laws.


A panel of worldwide professionals in Geneva will tomorrow concern a delegation of federal government representatives on whether the laws breach the convention on the elimination of all types of discrimination against women (CEDAW), to which Myanmar became celebration in 1997.

However, the new federal government has denied in a written submission to the UNs CEDAW committee that the laws break the convention.

U Soe Kyi, the director general of the Department of Social Welfare the government body tasked with supervising the reaction to the committee informed The Myanmar Times the other day that the government had no plan to rescind the laws.

MPs from the National League for Democracy had actually opposed the four laws in parliament and, according to federal government aides, together with the government and some USDP members, was successful in thinning down a few of Ma Ba Tha’s initial proposals.

The legislation has been condemned by rights groups consisting of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as being an attempt to curtail religious conversion and avoid Buddhist women from weding outside their faith, with critics contending that it quelches rather safeguards women s rights.

2aWorries have actually likewise been raised that the law connected to birth-spacing might be utilized to impose population control measures against the mostly stateless Muslim population in Rakhine State who self-identify as Rohingya and currently face legal attempts to suppress birth rates in some parts of the state.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi s NLD federal government has actually come under worldwide pressure over the country’s failure to protect the group’s human rights.

Women’s rights organization’s yesterday pledged to continue to promote the legislation’s repeal.

Naw Htet Aung of the Women Organisation Network said, it doesn’t secure all the women in Myanmar and causes suffering to some women so we required they reverse the law.

Now that the brand-new federal government has responded stating that the law does protect women, we will continue working for the repeal of these laws that oppress women rights.

Concerns were likewise raised today by Amnesty International.

A declaration from the organization stated it was exceptionally concerned about the legislation and the federal government s rejection of calls to repeal the laws.

While we keep in mind the Myanmar federal government s response to the committee’s concerns, we do not believe that they sufficiently attend to issues that the laws discriminate on multiple grounds, consisting of gender, faith and marital status. Additionally, they are incompatible with Myanmar’s commitments under the Convention.

U Soe Kyi of the Department of Social Welfare stated the legislation had been enacted following a vote by the previous hluttaw and validated by U Thein Sein.

It couldn t perhaps please everybody. There will constantly be people who don t like a law, he said.

He added, if a law has to be changed or reversed that would refer the committee headed by U Shwe Mann for the evaluation of legal affairs and special problems.

2aHowever U Ko Ni, an NLD legal consultant and customer of the Myanmar Muslim Lawyers Association, stated only parliament has the power to amend the law.

He added that if the law had actually truly been aimed at securing women, it ought to have had the support of women, but most educated women had actually challenged it.

A list of issues and concerns from the CEDAW committee submitted to the federal government on November 27, 2015, highlighted concerns about the laws and asked ministers to define exactly what actions had actually been taken to guarantee they abided by the convention.


Nations that have ratified or acceded to the convention are lawfully bound to put its provisions into practice. They are likewise committed to send nationwide reports, a minimum of every 4 years, on steps they have required to abide by their treaty responsibilities.

In a reply submitted on May 3 which officials said was written in collaboration with the outgoing administration that had started work on a reaction prior to turning over power the new government protected all 4 laws.

In response to the concern raised in the list of problems in connection with the 4 laws, the laws neither forbid spiritual conversion nor interfaith marital relationship, the reply stated.

We responded to the CEDAW committee concerns [in a composed submission] after seeking advice from numerous ministries, U Soe Kyi said.

However U Kyaw Nyein, a senior lawyer with the Muslim Lawyers Network, stated the laws contravene of global standards.

It’s weird that the law entered result not because of problems by women and are aimed at one certain religious beliefs, he included.

Daw May Sabe Phyu, of the Gender Equality Network, likewise stated the laws do not represent women’s interests. The Myanmar federal government must rescind laws that oppress women s rights as the interfaith [marriage] law does. We require laws that secure women, she said.

A specific law on avoiding violence against women, which was drafted with input from women’s organizations, proceeded through parliament at a snail’s speed and was not finalized during the last federal government’s term. The questionable security of race and faith laws, backed by prominent Buddhist nationalists, were ushered through quickly by the former president.


The CEDAW committee has likewise asked the federal government to upgrade them on the development of the prevention and protection of violence versus women bill along with a list of other crucial problems affecting women in Myanmar, consisting of access to justice and procedures to remove sexual and other forms of violence in armed conflict.