Myanmar parliament rejects motion to join ICCPR amid claims that proposal process was unconstitutional
By 13 September 2019
Parliament Building of Myanmar (photo credit: United Nations Photo/flickr)
The Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) has rejected a motion from the ruling National League for Democracy for Myanmar to sign the 1996 UN convention to protect and respect the civil and political rights of individuals.
In voting down the motion to join the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Tatmadaw (military) MPs and their allies said late Tuesday the treaty could infringe on the country’s sovereignty and endanger its security.
They also said the proper procedure was not followed in submitting the international treaty for ratification, because an NLD legislator had submitted the treaty to the Lower House instead of the President’s Office.
Read the full article here: Myanmar Times