Mandalay Region government is to set up an observation team to monitor the courts in an attempt to stem corruption. Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung agreed to a request to form the teams from the Myanmar Lawyers’ Network.
Advocate U Thein Than Oo, representing the network, met with cabinet members and concerned organisations on May 26.
“I wanted to form an observation team comprising government officials, MPs, lawyers and civil society groups with the aim of making sure the rule of law was being observed and to strengthen an independent judiciary,” he said.
“The aim is not to interfere with the judiciary, but to solve problems together as soon as possible,” he said.
Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung said, “We want to form such a team. To do this, we have to consult with our cabinet members.”
Chan Mya Tharzi township MP U Myint Moe Aung also agreed.
“Respect for the rule of law depends on the proper functioning of the judiciary. I welcome the formation of this body,” he said.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called reforming the rule of law an urgent need and oversaw in January the formation of the country’s first independent bar association. The World Justice Project rated Myanmar 91st-worst out of 102 countries in its annual Rule of Law Index last year.
Translation by Zar Zar Soe