Rule of Law
The Rule of Law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards. Any law reform process must begin with a common understanding of the Rule of Law.
There are many components in the democratic reform process, and reforming the legal system undoubtedly is a key component in that process. Since the 2010 General Election, Myanmar has been undergoing a democratic transition and is still facing challenges in reforming the current legal system and judiciary system. This, in turn, impacts the rule of law situation in general. There are many incidences where the current laws are not able to protect the people very well, people are treated differently under a law, or the judiciary system is under the influence of the executive branch. Solving these problems can improve the rule of law in Myanmar which will ultimately result in a successful transition to a democratic society.
The Foundation acknowledges the importance of Rule of Law for a democratic system and implements a core programme to strengthen Rule of Law in Myanmar. This can also be regarded as an effort to promote Myanmar’s democratic transition.
Under its Rule of Law programme, the Foundation works with State/Regional as well as Union Parliaments, political parties, judges, lawyers, civil society organizations and relevant agencies such as the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission to strengthen institutional capacity as well as individual capacity, strengthen legislation processes and legal framework; and tackling causes that can damage the rule of law such as corruption and lack of transparency. This programme encompasses activities like seminars, workshops, trainings, producing publications, networking, etc.
The Foundation also believes that promoting Human Rights and Rule of Law are interlinked. Therefore, this programme coordinates with other core programmes of the Foundation namely Economic Freedom, Civic Education and Liberalism. In this way, the three core programmes complement each other to achieve the ultimate goal of the Foundation in Myanmar - promoting the successful democratic transition of the country.