BURMA-Myanmar : Lawyers can get revoked licences back, govt says



BURMA: Lawyers can get revoked licences back, govt says


(Hong Kong, May 25, 2012) Lawyers and other professionals who have lost their licences for prior involvement in politics can now apply to get them back, according to copies of documents obtained by the Asian Human Rights Commission this month.

In a written reply dated April 24 to a question submitted by an MP in January, the government has indicated that lawyers, doctors and licenced educational tutors can now get their licences back if “no cause exists to deny them on grounds of codes of conduct or discipline under the relevant laws and rules”.

The AHRC, which has been campaigning for 32 lawyers who had their licences revoked for political reasons, many of whom also spent time in jail, welcomed the news.

Wong Kai Shing, the Hong Kong-based regional group’s executive director, said he hoped lawyers who had lost licences for political reasons or for working on human rights cases would soon get them back.

“None of these 32 lawyers, plus at least two others of which we are also aware, violated any laws or rules to warrant the revocation of their licences,” Wong said.

“Furthermore, government authorities themselves violated the rules by unilaterally revoking the licences, and by failing to allow these lawyers to represent themselves in full and open inquiries into their alleged infractions,” he noted.

“Therefore, we expect that if these lawyers’ applications are assessed fairly and according to the terms of the two relevant laws on the licencing and practice of law, these professionals can again soon represent clients in court,” Wong added.

Wong also called for further unilateral revocations of licences to cease, and for no more lawyers to be investigated simply for representing the interests of their clients according to law.

Recently, the AHRC reported that two lawyers representing Phyo Wai Aung, a young man tortured to confess to a bombing in 2010 who has been sentenced to death by a closed court at the central prison, were accused of insulting the court. The judge ordered that they and their client be investigated for possible legal action. To date, the matter is pending.

The regional human rights group has also established a webpage in support of the lawyers who have lost their licences: http://www.humanrights.asia/countries/burma/disbarred-lawyers/ 

The webpage contains letters of appeal and brief details of the professionals who have lost their licences and the reasons that the licences were revoked. It also contains letters of support from professional groups around the world.

“We encourage lawyers and their associations everywhere to write letters in support of their peers in Burma, who for many years have struggled under very difficult conditions to represent not only their clients but also to stand up for fundamental human rights,” Wong said.

“Now these lawyers have a chance to get their licences to practice back, the more letters sent the better,” he urged.

Groups and individuals sending letters in support of the disbarred lawyers may choose to use the template of the letter available online, or write something from their own perspective.

Copies of letters sent can be forwarded to the Burma Desk of the AHRC, which with permission of the author will post them on the campaign webpage. Send them to: burma@ahrc.asia.


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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

LONDON : Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be meeting with Burmese Community in UK on 22 June 2012

Warm greeting to you. Since you may aware that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
will be meeting with Burmese Community in UK on 22 June 2012 (Friday)
from 9-11:00 am.

The ticket will be available for £10 a ticket as first come first
serve basis and anyone wanted, then please contact me at
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You can also conatct us at 02084939137, 07877882386, 07727236419 or 07402859528

If anyone is missiing in the mail and please accept my sincere apology
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Thank you very much and looking forward to see you all.

Best regards,

Myo Thein

Karen 5 Arm Groups to unite-video

Karen armed groups have agreed in principal to unite under the same flag to try to resolve all conflicts between them through peaceful dialogue. The armed groups say they will officially recognize the blue, white and red flag that is currently regarded by all Karen as their national flag

Representatives of the five groups met on May 28 in Pa-an District to discuss how they could work peacefully together. Karen religious leaders organized the meeting. Attending the meeting were representatives from the Karen National Union (KNU), Karen Peace Force (KPF), KNLA/KNU Peace Council, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army’s Klo Htoo Baw and the Karen Border Guard Force.

Reverend Robert Htwe, one of the meetings organizers, told Karen News.

“The five representatives from the five Karen armed groups agreed they will all unite under the same flag of the Karen people, will avoid armed conflict and if conflict does occur seek a peaceful solution.”

Reverend Robert Htwe said if the armed groups see a positive result from working together, the future for all Karen would be better.

Four of the five, armed Karen groups have each reached individual ceasefire agreements with the Burma government – the Border Guard Force group is under the direct control of the Burma Army.