THE Union Legal Aid Board conducted a national-level seminar at the Park Royal Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning, with the aim to implement the UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.
Chairman of ULAB U Nyan Win made an opening remark, saying that his legal aid body is helping the financially underprivileged groups, women and children to have access to legal aid to ensuring citizenship rights.
He also expressed the board is the first of its kind in Myanmar as an independent organization and invited recommendations on their works.
During the discussion session, Emergency Response Advisor and Expert on Political Economy U Aung Kyaw Thein held talks on impelling innovation in the formation of Myanmar’ legal aid body, followed by the discussions of ULAB’s advisors U Han Zar Tun and Ms Geralyn Busnardo, and its member U Kyaw Soe Bo about the basic principles on the Legal Aid Law of Myanmar.
The seminar is also aimed to share the basic UN Principles and Guidelines among legal stakeholders of state departments, and to seek ways for cooperation with these departments in implementing these principles and guidelines as per objectives and international norms.
The seminar was attended by Chairman of ULAB U Nyan Win, Chairman of Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee U Khin Maung Win, Chairman of AmyothaHluttaw Bill Committee U Zaw Min, Deputy Attorney-General of Union Attorney-General Office U Win Myint, Secretary of Anti-corruption Commission U San Win, Vice Chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission U Sit Myaing, Secretary of ULAB U Khin Zaw, its members and advisors, officials from departments and organizations and the invited guests.
The UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December, 2012, are the first international instrument to deal with legal aid.
(Translated by Aung Khin)
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar