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May 25, 2020

More efforts needed to prevent human rights violations

  • President U Win Myint vowed to implement democracy, human rights and other social changes in his inaugural speech.
    Myanmar has experienced challenges and crises in the past, and we must take lessons from them by trying our best with full impartiality to bring about democracy and respect for human rights to our citizens.
    President U Win Myint has urged the Myanmar Human Rights Commission to speed up its efforts, in accordance with the law in the right direction, so that the people and the country’s new generation can enjoy their human rights.
    Arrangements must be made, in accordance with the rules and regulations, to prevent human rights violations during the custody period in police stations and courts and in prisons and camps for hard labour, as well as to provide them with rights.
    Arrangements must be made, Human rights are basic rights and freedom that belong to all of us from birth until death. All human beings are born free and are equal in dignity and rights. Every individual can enjoy equal rights and freedom without segregation. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family life or correspondence or to attacks on his honour and reputation.
    Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security. These are all prescribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    The rule of law, democracy and human rights are interrelated, so, if one is violated, the others are also violated.
    Human rights education is an essential tool to implement the government’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. Also, it is essential for the long-term prevention of human rights abuses. The preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human rights states that “every individual and every organ of society, keeping this declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and educating to promote respect for these rights and freedom.”
    To be able to fulfill the hopes and needs of the people of our country, we must perform our duties with more conscientiousness and without corruption.
    Today, we should not tolerate any possible interference by those in authority in anti-corruption cases or any abuse of power to defend the accused.
    We must press on with our duties until our citizens get their human dignity.

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