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7-Step Roadmap (Step 6): Convening of Hluttaws attended by Hluttaw members in accordance with the new constitution (commentary

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Date of publication: 11 May 2011
Description/subject: • In the months leading up to the convening of the Parliament, SPDC Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe issues a series of laws designed to maintain the military’s grip on power. • On 31 January, the People’s Assembly and the National Assembly convene amid tight security in Naypyidaw for Burma’s first parliamentary session in 22 years. Many MPs complain about being subjected to detention-like living conditions. • The laws governing parliamentary proceedings gag MPs and restrict civilian access to the Parliament. The regime also bars domestic journalists and foreign correspondents from covering parliamentary proceedings. • Lack of genuine debate characterizes the proceedings. In the parliamentary question time, ministers brush off questions that deal with important issues and refuse to address the substantive issues raised by the MPs. • USDP and military-appointed MPs and the Speakers in both Houses of Parliament blocked 87% of the proposals submitted, including a proposal on national reconciliation. • USDP and military-appointed MPs prioritize the regime’s political agenda above the critical political and socio-economic issues that affect the daily life of the Burmese people. The Parliament approves resolutions to oppose economic sanctions and express gratitude to the SPDC. • After convening the Parliament, the regime continues to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes. Tatmadaw troops attack and forcibly displace hundred of civilians as part of their military offensives in ethnic areas. The regime also continues to arbitrarily detain and imprison dissidents.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (155K)
Date of entry/update: 13 May 2011

Title: FACTBOX - Myanmar's new political structure
Date of publication: 31 January 2011
Description/subject: REUTERS - Myanmar's new parliament convened for the first time on Monday and will begin choosing a civilian president, the country's first non-military ruler since the army seized power in the former British colony in 1962. Below are details about the new political system, which still leaves the military in a dominant position.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Reuters
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 February 2011