July 05, 2017

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Myanmar Red Cross Society bylaw to be finalised next year

The country’s leading humanitarian organisation is drafting a bylaw for its financial management procedures and the reestablishment of the Red Cross Council.

THE Myanmar Red Cross Society is drafting a bylaw for the new Myanmar Red Cross Society Law, which was passed on 26 August and enacted yesterday. The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) – the country’s leading humanitarian organisation — is working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross to draft the bylaw.
The bylaw will provide additional details on how MRCS leadership positions are to be filled, among other things.
“The association hopes to be able to submit the bylaw at the start of the coming parliament session next year,” said MCRS president Professor Tha Hla Shwe, at an event held yesterday to commemorate the enactment of the new law.
The new bylaw will include details such as the duties and rights of the MRCS,
financial management procedures and the reestablishment of the Red Cross Council.
“Under the new bylaw, the chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary will be elected by local communities,” said Professor Tha Hla Shwe.
According to Section 18(C) of the law, the central council of MRCS must include 13 members from red cross-related ministries, whose ranks are not lower than director-general.
Professor Tha Hla Shwe said: “The government needs to provide assistance for the smooth functioning of the MRCS’s humanitarian services.”
“Thanks to the enactment of the new law, the government will be more actively involved in MRCS activities than was possible under the 1959 Burma (Myanmar) Red Cross Act,” the professor said.
The MRCS is also drafting a law that will outline the legal status of its emblem.
The emblem law is likely to be submitted to the parliament in 2017.

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