September 24, 2017

2nd Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 3rd regular session’s 8th day meeting held

At yesterday’s Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting, Major General Aung Soe, the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, clarified the approval of Myanmar’s admission into the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women & Children. “Admission into the ASEAN Convention will help the country to effectively control the crimes of border crossing and human trafficking activated by gangsters.
Now, the 2015 human trafficking eradication law is being amended, with rules and regulations to be drafted according to the new law. As per the ASEAN Convention for the country to enter now, ASEAN member countries are required to cooperate with countries of origin, transit or destination, under any circumstances, regarding the main objectives of taking responsibility, protection of human trafficking, filing cases and giving care to victims of human trafficking. Thus it will help strengthen the commitments of regional and international cooperation.”
As regards the approval of Myanmar’s admission into ASEAN’s convention, 18 parliamentarians took part in the discussion and the Hluttaw approved it.
In the discussion, Daw Cho Cho of Oaktwin constituency said, “Trafficking in persons is attributed to poverty, unemployment and lack of rights and opportunities. Most victims of human trafficking are women under 18, and in Myanmar 2,009 girls under 18 and 86 boys were victims of human trafficking.”
Dr Daw May Win Myint of Mayangone constituency in Yangon Region said, “Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand in south-eastern countries and China are closely related and they are notorious places of human trafficking. According to reports, human trafficking took place based on different development among neighboring countries, the existence of long border between countries and weakness of security in border areas. In Myanmar, women and children were mostly victims trafficked to Thailand and China. The agreement should be signed for approval as soon as possible, to save the lives of women and children and to be proud of ourselves as a country that can safeguard the rights of children and women.”
Dr Daw Khin Sithu of Loikaw constituency said, “Shan State is the most affected area in Myanmar in terms of human trafficking, followed by Yangon Region, Chin State and Kayah State. The government and the whole populace are required to actively take part in protecting from these inhumane activities. Particular facts should be included in school curricula to know how to avoid these situations.”
Dr Win Myint Chit of constituency 8 of Bago Region, Dr San Shwe Win of Yegyi constituency, Daw Htu May of constituency 11 of Rakhine State, Daw Nan Than Than Lwin of constituency of Pa-an, Dr Mya Thaung of constituency 7 of Bago, U Nyan Lin of Shwe Pyi Tha constituency, U Okkar Min of constituency 8,in Taninthari Region, U Nyi Sein of constituency 5, in Shan State, Daw Nan Htwe Thu of Phasaung constituency, U Kan Oo of Salin constituency, Daw Khin Hnin Thit of Padaung constituency, U Hla Oo of constituency 4, in Sagaing Region, U Sai Pan Pha of constituency 12 in Kayah State, Daw Shwe Shwe Sein Latt of constituency 3 in Bago Region and Daw Tin Tin Yi of Kyunzu constituency supported the motion respectively.
Yesterday’s meeting also recorded the appointments of U Min Thu as deputy minister for the President’s Office, and U Hla Kyaw as deputy minister for agriculture, livestock breeding and irrigation. Afterward, U Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, addressed the matter concerning signing the agreement on establishing coordination on greater Mekong countries, sent back by the President of the State.
The Speaker of the Hluttaw announced he would enroll the names to discuss in the meeting.

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