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Burma/Myanmar laws which have been used in political cases and are in need of amendment (texts)

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Title: Report on laws to be repealed or amended or new laws drafted - ရုပ္သိမ္း၊ ျပင္ဆင္၊ အသစ္ေရးဆြဲသင့္သည့္ဥပေဒမ်ားအစီရင္ခံစာ
Date of publication: 04 June 2014
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Committee on the Drafting of Law via "Myanmar Alin," 3-4 of June, 2014
Format/size: pdf (270K)
Date of entry/update: 10 June 2014


Title: The Telecommunications Law - Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 31/2013 (English
Date of publication: 08 October 2013
Description/subject: The Telecommunications Law (The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 31, 2013) The 4th Waxing Day of Thadingyut, 1375 M.E. (8th October, 2013)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Format/size: pdf (116K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.mcit.gov.mm/sites/default/files/Telecom%20Law%20English%20Version_0.pdf
Date of entry/update: 04 November 2016


Title: The Telecommunications Law - Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 31/2013 (English)
Date of publication: 08 October 2013
Description/subject: Telecommunication Law No. 31, both in English and Burmese, should be the same, although the text in the Burmese text says it is law No. 66/2013
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Format/size: pdf (3K)
Date of entry/update: 05 June 2014


Title: The Telecommunications Law - Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 31/2013 - ဆက္သြယ္ေရးဥပေဒ၊ ျပည္ေထာင္စုလႊတ္ေတာ္ (၃၁၊ ၂၀၁၃)
Date of publication: 08 October 2013
Description/subject: Telecommunication Law No. 31, both in English and Burmese, should be the same, although the Burmese version says it is law No. 66/2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Format/size: pdf (3K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2014


Title: Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act - Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 15/2011 (English)
Date of publication: 02 December 2011
Language: English (unofficial translation?)
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Format/size: pdf (69K)
Date of entry/update: 18 May 2013


Title: Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act - Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 15/2011 - စုေ၀းခြင့္ႏွင့္စီတန္းလွည့္လည္ခြင့္ုဆုိင္ရာဥပေဒ
Date of publication: 02 December 2011
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") ေၾကးမံု
Format/size: pdf (42K, 101K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs13/Public_Assembly_law(bu).pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2012


Title: The Electronic Transactions Law - SPDC Law No. 5/2004 (English)
Date of publication: 30 April 2004
Language: English
Source/publisher: State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) via The Burma Lawyers' Council
Format/size: pdf (91K), html (46K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/2004-SPDC_Law2004-05-Electronic_Transactions_Law-en.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2004


Title: The Computer Science Development Law - SLORC Law No. 10/96 (English)
Date of publication: 20 September 1996
Description/subject: "The State Law and Order Restoration Council Law No. 10/96 The 8th Waxing of Tawthalin, 1358 M.E. (20th September, 1996). The State Law and Order Restoration Council hereby enacts the following Law: - CHAPTER 1: Title and Definition. 1.This Law shall be called the Computer Science Development Law. 2.The following expression contained in this Law shall have the meanings given hereunder..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)
Format/size: pdf (52K; 77K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/1996-SLORC_Law1996-10-Computer_Science_Development_Law-en.pdf
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Motion Picture Law - SLORC Law No.9/96 (English)
Date of publication: 20 August 1996
Description/subject: The State Law and Order Restoration Council... The Motion Picture Law (The State Law and Order Restoration Council Law No.9/96)... The 6th Waxing Day of Wagaung, 1358 M.E. (20th August, 1996)
Language: English
Source/publisher: The State Law and Order Restoration Council
Format/size: pdf (28K; 79K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs3/Motion_picture_law.html
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/1996-SLORC_Law1996-09-Motion%20Picture%20Law-en.pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 July 2005


Title: The Television and Video Law - SLORC Law No. 8/96 (English)
Date of publication: 29 July 1996
Description/subject: (The State Law and Order Restoration Council Law No. 8/96)... The 14th Waxing Day of 2nd Waso, 1358 M.E. (29th July, 1996)
Language: English
Source/publisher: State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)
Format/size: pdf (30K; 81K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/1996-SLORC_Law1996-08-Television_and_Video_Law-en.pdf
Date of entry/update: 31 May 2005


Title: The Law Protecting the Peaceful and Systematic Transfer of State Responsibility and the Successful Performance of the Functions of the National Convention against Disturbances and Oppositions - SLORC Law No. 5/96 (English)
Date of publication: 07 June 1996
Description/subject: Repealed, January 2013 (see Commentary and Alternate URL)
Language: English
Source/publisher: State Law and Order Restoration Council
Format/size: pdf (English, 67K); html (article on repeal)
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/24300 (law repealed, January 2013)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Law Amending the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Law - SLORC Law No. 16/89 - (English)
Date of publication: 18 June 1989
Description/subject: Law No 16/89 -- the Law Amending the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Law of the State Law and Order Restoration Council, dated 18 June 1989 the 15th day of the waxing moon of Nayon, 1351 Burmese era
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Working People's Daily"
Format/size: pdf (9.6K, 52K,); html (6K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs3/16-89-P&PRegActamdmt.htm
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/1989-SLORC_Law1989-16-The_Law_Amending_the_Printers_and_Publishe...
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs6/Printers&Publishers_Act-amendment.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 July 2005


Title: Law relating to Forming of Organizations (State LORC Law No. 6/88 of Sept. 30, 1988) (English)
Date of publication: 30 September 1988
Description/subject: The State Law and Order Restoration Council hereby enacts the following Law— Chapter I Title and Definitions 1. This Law shall be called the Law relating to Forming of Organizations. 2. The following expressions in this Law shall have the following meanings-- (a) an organization means an association, society, union, party, committee, federation, group of associations, front, club and similar organization that is formed with a group of people for an objective or a programme either with or without a particular name. (b) a political organization means an organization that has a political movement based upon a certain political ideology..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)
Format/size: html (13K)
Date of entry/update: May 2003


Title: State Protection Law (The Law to Safeguard the State Against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts - Pyithu Hluttaw Law No. 3, 1975 (English)
Date of publication: 05 February 1975
Description/subject: Pyithu Hluttaw Law No. 3, 1975. "The People’s Assembly enacts the following Law in order to prevent the infringement of the sovereignty and security of the Union of Burma against any threat to the peace of the people, and against the threat of those desiring to cause subversive acts causing the destruction of the country, without impeding citizens’ fundamental rights..." The 1991 amendment, Law No 11/91 of Aug. 9, 1991 is included in the document.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw
Format/size: pdf (22K)
Date of entry/update: 2001


Title: State Protection Law (The Law to Safeguard the State Against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts) - (Burmese ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: 05 February 1975
Description/subject: Pyithu Hluttaw Law No. 3, 1975. "The People’s Assembly enacts the following Law in order to prevent the infringement of the sovereignty and security of the Union of Burma against any threat to the peace of the people, and against the threat of those desiring to cause subversive acts causing the destruction of the country, without impeding citizens’ fundamental rights..."
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 2001


Title: 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Law (English)
Date of publication: 1962
Description/subject: 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Law (Law No. 1 amended by the Revolutionary Council of the Union of Myanmar, 1971)... Unofficial translation.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Revolutionary Council
Format/size: pdf (61K); html (92K); Word (73K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs3/Printers_and_Publishers_Registation_Act.doc
http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs3/Printers_and_Publishers_Registation_Act.htm
Date of entry/update: 16 July 2005


Title: 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Law - ၁၉၆၂ခုႏွစ္ ပုံႏွိပ္သူမ်ားႏွင့္ထုတ္ေ၀သူမ်ားမွတ္ပုံတင္ဥပေဒ
Date of publication: 1962
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Revolutionary Council via BLC
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Habitual Criminal Offenders Act (1961)
Date of publication: 27 March 1961
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf (1.5MB)
Date of entry/update: 28 May 2012


Title: Emergency Provisions Act - Section 5 (Burmese ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: 09 March 1950
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Emergency Provisions Act - Section 5 (English)
Date of publication: 09 March 1950
Description/subject: Repealed 4 October 2016 - see "Commentary", in adjoining section
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf (23K); html
Alternate URLs: http://www.blc-burma.org/html/Suppressive%20Law/s5epa_e.html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Control of Imports and Exports (Temporary) Act [Burma Act LVI, 1947]
Date of publication: 30 September 1947
Description/subject: Though not originally intended to curb freedom of opinion and expression this law, along with the Electronics Act, the Immigration Act and the Unlawful Associations Act, has been used against video journalists.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma via "The Burma Code" Vol. III
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2011


Title: The Burma Immigration (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1947
Date of publication: 13 June 1947
Description/subject: [This is the official text of the Act, Burma Act XXXI of 1947]... Though not originally intended to curb freedom of opinion and expression this law, along with the Electronics Act, the Import/Export Act and the Unlawful Associations Act, has been used against video journalists
Language: English
Source/publisher: Govt. of Burma ("The Burma Code" Vol. I)
Format/size: pdf (69K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: THE PRESS (EMERGENCY POWERS) ACT [INDIA ACT XXIII, 1931] (9th October, 1931)
Date of publication: 09 October 1931
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Code" Vol. II, Government of the Union of Burma, via Burma Lawyers' Council
Format/size: html, pdf (123K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs13/Press-Emergency_Powers-Act.pdf
Date of entry/update: 11 October 2011


Title: The Burma Official Secrets Act
Date of publication: 02 April 1923
Description/subject: [INDIA ACT XIX, 1923] (2nd April, 1923)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf (48K)
Date of entry/update: 12 December 2008


Title: The Unlawful Associations Act
Date of publication: 11 December 1908
Description/subject: [India Act XIV, 1908.] (11th December 1908)] 1-14. PART II. Unlawful Associations.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf (25K) html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: THE EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES ACT
Date of publication: 08 June 1908
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma (Burma Code Vol. II)
Format/size: pdf (61K)
Alternate URLs: http://web.archive.org/web/20110902225827/http://www.blc-burma.org/html/Burma%20Code/lr_e_bc02_21.h...
Date of entry/update: 28 May 2012


Title: THE LAND ACQUISITION ACT (1894)
Date of publication: 01 March 1894
Description/subject: INDIA ACT I, 1894 1st March 1894
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of India
Format/size: pdf (105K)
Alternate URLs: http://displacementsolutions.org/?page_id=197 http://displacementsolutions.org/?p=20
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2011


Title: Articles from the Penal Code which have been used in political cases
Date of publication: 01 May 1861
Language: English
Source/publisher: Government of the Union of Burma
Format/size: pdf (83K-articles; 784K-Penal Code full text)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs6/MYANMAR_PENAL_CODE-corr.1.pdf
Date of entry/update: 28 May 2012