Category: Legal

Myanmar Army Drops Defamation Cases Against The Irrawaddy, Reuters

Myanmar’s military on Wednesday dropped criminal defamation lawsuits against two news organizations following the intervention of the Myanmar Press Council (MPC), which mediated the cases and requested that they be withdrawn, officials from the body said.

The military had filed …

Posted in Legal March 18, 2020

Myanmar’s Ruling NLD Votes Down Bill on Ethnic Chief Ministers

Myanmar’s ruling party lawmakers on Tuesday rejected an opposition party-sponsored bill to amend the constitution to allow chief ministers in ethnic minority regions to be elected, rather than appointed by the country’s president, legislators said.

Military-appointed and ethnic parliamentarians supported …

Posted in Legal March 17, 2020

Myanmar Ruling Party Constitutional Amendments Again Thwarted

Myanmar lawmakers on Thursday failed to pass constitutional amendments proposed by Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy party to reduce the power of the country’s military chief during states of emergency.

The current charter, drafted in 2008 by a military …

Posted in Legal March 12, 2020

Myanmar Jails Local Partner of US Hemp Grower For 20 Years

A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a Myanmar national to 20 years in jail for working on a hemp plantation operated by a U.S. citizen, deemed illegal by police because it grew cannabis, a local police official said.

Shein Latt …

Posted in Legal March 10, 2020