Military regime overrides judiciary: ALRC
by Salai Pi Pi
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 21:04
New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Hong Kong-based Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) said Burma’s military rulers are using the institutionalized justice system to deny fundamental rights to people and urged the United Nations to probe it.
In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council, the ALRC said the Burmese ‘injustice system’ is a case of institutionalized denial of the fundamental rights of the people and the junta is further laying the foundations to legalize the abuses with their planned 2010 elections, which will infuse life into the 2008 constitution.
Basil Fernando, executive director of the ALRC said the international community, particularly the UN, should probe into the legal system and highlight the points in the 2008 constitution that will allow the junta to use the justice system for abuses, instead of going in for rhetorical outcry over individual abuses.
“The UN and others should take up this issue, because the entire population is without rights and without any protection of the law, so rigorously, that they should take action against the military regime,” Fernando told Mizzima on Wednesday.
But he said, in order to do so, the UN should undertake a careful study of the nature of abuses and look at them in an institutionalized context.
“There is not enough understanding of what is happening in Burma. There is not enough outside pressure on the Burmese military regime,” he added. Continue reading “The Hong Kong-based Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) said Burma’s military rulers are using the institutionalized justice system to deny fundamental rights to people and urged the United Nations to probe it.”