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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

End of Mission Statement on the Impact and Effectiveness of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC)

 

 18 November 2015

 

Statement

End of Mission Statement on the Impact and Effectiveness of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC)


A joint fact-finding mission conducted from 16-18 November 2015 by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), as secretariat of the Asian NGO Network on NHRIs (ANNI), and Burma Partnership to inquire into the impact and effectiveness of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) was completed today. The mission team comprised of Professor Kyong-Whan Ahn, former Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea and Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University Law School; Mr. Nur Kholis, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia (Komnas HAM); Ms. Betty Yolanda, Country Programme Manager of FORUM-ASIA; and Mr. Joses Kuan, Advocacy and Research Officer of Burma Partnership.

Amid the optimism surrounding the elections, pervasive human rights abuses continue throughout the country, such as: land confiscation; arbitrary detention, arrest and imprisonment of peaceful protesters; abuse of repressive legislation to restrict legitimate human rights work; sexual violence in conflict zones; and the targeting of civilians in military offensives, among others. Given the longstanding human rights abuses in the country, it is critical that the MNHRC is a viable and effective accountability mechanism to address these issues. As such, this fact-finding mission was essential in assessing the impact of the MNHRC's role for human rights protection and governance in the country.

The mission was also further timely and significant, as the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Right (ICC) will also assess the MNHRC's institutional compliance with the Paris Principles- considered the minimum standards for national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to be credible and operate effectively- from 16-20 November, 2015. Today, the mission team presented and highlighted some preliminary observations from the visit during the press conference on the performance of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, held at the Green Hill Hotel in Rangoon, Burma.

At the press conference, Burma Partnership and Smile Education and Development Foundation also presented the joint report on the performance of the MNHRC, co-authored by Equality Myanmar. Please download the Chapter "All Shook Up" from the 2015 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia here.

Please download the "End of Mission Statement on the Impact and Effectiveness of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC)" here.
The Burmese version of the statement will be made available from Burma Partnership's website in the coming days, please check back for updates: burmapartnership.org.

 

For More information please contact:

Khin Ohmar, Burma Partnership:
khinohmar@burmapartnership.org, +66 (0)818840772 (Burmese/English)

Betty Yolanda, FORUM-ASIA:
betty@forum-asia.org, +95 (0)9793115528 (English)

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