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Half Empty: Burma’s Political Parties and their Human Rights Commitments

By International Federation for Human Rights  •  November 3, 2015

Half empty report by FIDH On 8 November 2015, Burma’s electorate will vote for the representatives who will sit in Parliament from 2016 to 2021. The polls are anticipated to usher in a Parliament that will be markedly different from the body that was installed as a result of the November 2010 election and the April 2012 by–elections. This will be due to the significant number of seats that the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is expected to win.

The November 2010 election was tainted by a flawed legal framework, a lack of inclusiveness, widespread corruption, irregularities, and voter fraud, and was boycotted by the NLD.1 As expected, the military–backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) overwhelmingly won the polls. Dominated by the USDP and military–appointed members of Parliament (MPs), Parliament failed to amend or repeal many of Burma’s oppressive laws and blocked key constitutional amendments. In many cases, newly enacted legislation contained provisions that ran counter to international human rights standards. Other new laws prioritized political and economic interests over human rights. In addition, MPs rejected numerous proposals aimed at addressing important human rights issues.

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