August 18, 2016

Bill to amend peaceful assembly and procession law needs further amendments, say MPs

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THE Amyotha Hluttwa yesterday began debating a Bill to amend the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law, with four representatives calling for further amendments to the bill.
The Bill to repeal repressive laws against peaceful protestors was submitted to the country’s Upper House earlier this month.
During the debate on the bill, U Ye Htut of Sagaing Region Constituency 5 stressed the need to relax the bill further, calling for amendments to some provisions which are not in conformity with democratic norms and standards.
The MP suggested that a point that calls on the protest leader to inform authorities of the points of his protest topic and present the names of other speakers should be deleted or amended in the bill.
In his discussion, U Htay Oo of Yangon Region Constituency 2 called for a complete interpretation of the passages in the bill so as to avoid contradiction.
The MP stressed the need to amend the provision that calls for filing a lawsuit against a protestor who violates rules and regulations within 15 days.
He suggested that the violator be filed against within 30 days and they should be exempt from the lawsuit after that 30 day period.
Likewise, U Thein Swe of Ayeyawady Region 10 called for the abolition of a provision that called on protestors to refrain from vandalism as it can be charged under the Criminal Law.
In his discussion, U Kyaw Htway of Yangon Region Constituency 8 said that it should not be required that copies of the letter of protest request be distributed to other police stations in townships where protestors are set to walk through at least 48 hours before the state of the event. A police station that receives a letter of request to hold a protest shall inform other police stations of the protest in time if the protest is set to pass through other townships, he added.
Next, Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced that the bill is set to be reviewed by the Bill Committee following further proposed amendments to the Bill by representatives.
During the 26th session of the Amyotha Hluttaw, Dr Myo Aung of Kayin State Constituency 10 put forward the bill to Revoke the Yangon City Development Law to Parliament.


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