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Human Rights Documents to be Translated to Myanmar: NHRC

Originally appeared in Weekly Eleven

February 9, 2013

Human rights documents will be translated to Myanmar language and disseminated among the public according to Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The commission, which is an independent body formed by President Thein Sein in September 2011, will start the task of translation of 9 Conventions on the topic human rigths by the United Nations (UN), Sit Myaing, Secretary of NHRC, said.

“There are 9 Core Conventions by the UN, and our nation has adopted there of them: Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We will translate those nine conventions into Myanmar and disseminate them among the people,” he said.

Despite analysts’ doubt on the commission’s will and ability to challenge the government, the 15-member body NHRC, which consists of retired officials and academics, supported last year the public call for release of political prisoners and involved in investigation on the complaints of human rights violations.

Meanwhile, Swedish Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has offered help to the body in educating Myanmar people about the human rights.

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This post is in: NHRC Monitor