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Burma: 2017 Union Tax Law Passed

(Mar. 30, 2017) The legislature of Burma (also known as Myanmar) passed the Union Tax Law 2017 (UTL) on March 1, 2017; it will come into force on April 1, 2017. (Suet Yen Loo, Myanmar: Union Tax Law 2017 Adopted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. 27, 2017), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database (IBFD); Law Draft […]

Burma: Investigation into Alleged Police Crimes Planned

(Feb. 22, 2017) On February 8, 2017, officials in Burma (also known as Myanmar), announced that there would be an investigation of alleged police actions, and possible serious crimes, against the Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic and religious minority population.  (Roseanne Gerin, Myanmar Investigation Commission Begins Fact-Finding Mission in Maungdaw, RADIO FREE ASIA (Feb. 10, 2017); […]

Burma: Law Used to Stifle Dissent Abolished

(Oct. 10, 2016) On October 4, 2016, Htin Kyaw, the President of Burma (also known as Myanmar), signed legislation that abolishes a law in place since 1950 that has been used to imprison dissidents. (Justin Cosgrove, Myanmar Abolishes Law Used to Jail Dissidents, PAPER CHASE (Oct. 5, 2016); 1950 Emergency Provisions Act (Mar. 9, 1950), […]

Burma: Draft Legislation on Revision of Penal Code

(Sept. 15, 2015) It was reported on June 22, 2015, that Burma’s Union Supreme Court had submitted the Penal Code Amendment Bill to the Union Parliament. The draft law seeks to update Burma’s antiquated Penal Code of 1860, last amended in 1974, but only by making “fine adjustments and a handful of other minor changes […]

Burma: Four “Race and Religion Protection Laws” Adopted

(Sept. 14, 2015) Four laws known collectively as the Race and Religion Protection Laws, which were submitted to the Parliament of Burma (Myanmar) in December 2014, were adopted this spring by the Parliament and recently signed by Thein Sein, Burma’s President. (Myanmar: Parliament Must Reject Discriminatory ‘Race and Religion’ Laws, Amnesty International website (Mar. 3, […]

Burma: Men Sentenced on Charges of Insulting Buddha

(Mar. 20, 2015) On March 17, 2015, a court in Burma (also known as Myanmar) sentenced a New Zealand manager of a bar and his Burmese associates to spend time in prison on charges of insulting the Buddhist religion. The three individuals, Philip Blackwood, Tun Thurein, and Htut Ko Ko Lwin, were sentenced to two […]

Burma: Constitutional Referendum Plan Approved

(Mar. 3, 2015) Members of Parliament of Burma (also known as Myanmar) announced on February 11, 2015, that the President of Burma had approved a law permitting a referendum to be held on amending the country’s Constitution. (Jared Ferrie, Myanmar President Enacts Law Allowing Referendum on Disputed Constitution, REUTERS (Feb. 12, 2015).) Approval of the […]

Burma: Temporary Citizens Will Be Allowed to Vote in Constitutional Referendum

(Feb. 6, 2015) It was reported on February 3, 2015, that Burma’s Parliament (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) had passed a law the day before granting temporary citizens in Burma the right to vote in a constitutional referendum expected to be held in May 2015, before general elections scheduled for the fall. (Lawi Weng, ‘White Card’ Holders Eligible […]

Burma: Pledge to Consider Amending Constitutional Provision Giving Military the Power to Veto Amendments

(Nov. 3, 2014) It was reported on November 2, 2014, that Myanmar’s parliament, the Assembly of the Union (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) will consider amending the country’s Constitution before key October 2015 elections. The step towards constitutional reform was taken in “unprecedented talks between President Thein Sein and his political rivals,” including opposition leader and Nobel Prize […]