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Assessing Myanmar's Democratic Transition

Written by Mong Palatino On 19 February 2014 @ 15:50 pm | No Comments

In East Asia, English, Governance, History, Human Rights, Media & Journalism, Myanmar (Burma), Politics, Quick Reads

Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, concluded his mission by assessing the country's democratic transition [1]:

For the time being, the military retains a prevailing role in the life and institutions of Myanmar. State institutions in general remain unaccountable and the judiciary is not yet functioning as an independent branch of Government. Moreover, the rule of law cannot yet be said to exist in Myanmar.

He also talked aboout the challenges facing the media sector:

I met journalists who described a prevailing climate of uncertainty and fear of arrest, particularly if reporting dealt with issues too close to the interests of the military or other powerful elites.

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[1] democratic transition: http://yangon.sites.unicnetwork.org/2014/02/19/statement-of-the-special-rapporteur-on-the-situation-of-human-rights-in-myanmar-3/

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