Myanmar: Steps towards ICCPR ratification

Published on 24 Jan 2017, 09:16 AM

CCPR-Centre launched a two-year project in Myanmar to assist national efforts towards the ratification of ICCPR

National NGOs discussed an advocacy plan of action for the ICCPR ratification

Myanmar is already a Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It has also signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Together with the national process towards democracy, it has been taking certain steps forward for more effective protection and promotion of universal human rights, while facing various challenges ahead.

The objective of CCPR-Centre's project is to assist national efforts towards ICCPR ratification / accession by Myanmar. 

As a part of this project, CCPR-Centre has carried out a preparatory visit to Myanmar from 24th to 28th November 2016, in order to asses the current perspective towards ICCPR ratification by Myanmar; to identify challenges faced by national stakeholders including State and non-State actors; to assess the needs of stakeholders and concrete possibilities for cooperation; and to develop trustful relationship with those stakeholders for effective cooperation towards ICCPR ratification.

The visit was organised in cooperation with the national partner, Equality Myanmar (EQMM) as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar including its Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. During the visit, CCPR Centre delegation, consisting of its Director and Asia Pacific Coordinator, have met representative from following bodies and organisations in Myanmar:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Attorney General’s Office
  • National Human Rights Commission
  • OHCHR regional office
  • National and international civil society

A roundtable was organized by CCPR Centre and EQMM, which was attended by about 50 representatives from different NGOs from Yangon and other parts of Myanmar including Mandalay, Ngaphe, Bago and Chauk.

Positive steps taken and way forward

Myanmar has accepted the recommendation to ratify ICCPR at its 2nd review under UPR and currently in process of implementing its commitments. At the same time, various national actors including State and civil society have been taking positive steps towards ICCPR ratification / accession such as capacity building and awareness raising among key stakeholders. In addition to such progress, spaces for improvement could also be identified through the meetings and discussion with relevant actors during the preparatory visit.

In order to assist national actors and their efforts towards ICCPR ratification / accession, CCPR Centre continues its cooperation with the national actors and carry out further activities in 2017 including workshops, meetings and events with State and non-State actors as well as former member of HR Committee member.

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