The 2014 Enabling Law of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission and the UN Paris Principles: A Critical Evaluation

Author:Jonathan Liljeblad
Pages:427-428
SUMMARY

In March 2014 the Myanmar Hluttaw, or Parliament, enacted the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Law, which provided a statutory basis for a national human rights body in Myanmar. The Myanmar government declared to the United Nations Human Rights Council that the Enabling Law was compliant with the United Nations Paris Principles that set international standards for national human rights... (see full summary)

 
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MNHRC & UN Paris Principles 427
IX JEAIL 2 (2016)
Jonathan Liljeblad
In March 2014 the Myanmar Hluttaw, or Parliament, enacted the Myanmar
National Human Rights Commission Law, which provided a statutory basis for a
national human rights body in Myanmar. The Myanmar government declared to the
United Nations Human Rights Council that the Enabling Law was compliant with
the United Nations Paris Principles that set international standards for national
human rights institutions. Despite the claims of the Myanmar government, however,
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the MNHRC with anaemic powers incapable of advancing human rights. This paper
responds to such issues by conducting an independent evaluation of the MNHRC
Enabling Law under the Paris Principles. In doing so, the analysis treats the Enabling
Law as a case study demonstrating how the Paris Principles can be exercised by
third parties as the UN-supported international standards for national human rights
institutions.
Keywords
Myanmar, Enabling Law, MNHRC, Paris Principles, OHCHR, NHRIs, ICC Sub-
committee
The 2014 Enabling Law
of the Myanmar National
Human Rights Commission
and the UN Paris Principles:
A Critical Evaluation
Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology Law School. B.S.(Caltech), M.S.(U. Washington), J.D./
Ph.D. (USC). ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8089-5531. The author may be contacted at: jonathan.liljeblad@
gmail.com / Address: H25 P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Australia.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/jeail.2016.9.2.06
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