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Media and human rights commission must work together: chairman

U Win Mra, chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, highlights the importance of working together with the media to promote human rights in Myanmar during a press conference in Yangon yesterday.
U Win Mra, chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, highlights the importance of working together with the media to promote human rights in Myanmar during a press conference in Yangon yesterday.

THE chairman of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission called on the country’s media to help achieve the realisation of human rights for all citizens at a press conference held yesterday.
“We need the might of the media to ensure that efforts towards human rights promotion and protection are effective,” said U Win Mra, chairman of the commission.
The commission acts as an advisory body to the government and it is not vested with implementation of human rights, which is why the media can add strength to its campaigns and recommendations, added the chairman.
The chairman told The Global New Light of Myanmar that the commission is aiming for greater engagement with the media as this will boost its ability to fulfill its main tasks of protecting and promoting human rights in Myanmar.
He expressed his willingness to have regular contact with the media in the future.
MHHRC was formed in September 2011 by President U Thein Sein with the goal of heightening public awareness about human rights in Myanmar. It was reformed according to the Paris Principles on 24 September 2014, following parliamentary approval.
According to the commission, it has investigated 1,121 of 1,451 complaints lodged in Myanmar about alleged human rights abuses.
Another 1,268 of a total of 2,199 letters of complaints were submitted from abroad and investigated – the majority of which were submitted by Amnesty International.
International covenants and optional protocols signed by Myanmar include the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC), Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of child, child prostitution and child pornography (CRC-OP-SC), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and International Convention on Economics, Social and Cultural Rights.
The remaining five international covenants yet to be ratified include the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

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