Law and judiciary

Legal professions and services

Myanmar parliament to pass gambling bill in May: report

Myanmar’s parliament is expected to approve in May a bill that would authorise the setting up of foreigner-only casinos in the country, the Myanmar Times newspaper reported on Sunday. The parliament is expected to sit again later this month after an April holiday break. Keep reading ...

Thingyan permits will be revoked if resold

Mandalay authorities warned that they will revoke Thingyan pandal permits that are resold to third parties by winning bidders. Mandalay City Development Committee revenue department head U Win Maung said the authority was now auctioning off the building permits for pandals near the Mandalay moat, ...

Raising the bar for Cambodia’s lawyers

KT: You have been elected president of the Bar Association. What is your priority? Mr. Visal: As I promised during the election campaign, I will modernize and improve administrative systems of the Bar. Recently we created an email account to communicate directly and closely between the ...

Government criticised in first independent report on Formosa disaster

The Vietnamese government has been accused of a slow response, and a lack of transparency and accountability, in the first independent report into the environmental disaster that killed millions of fish off the central coast earlier this year. The report by the unregistered civil society organisation, ...

Justice system failing child victims: experts

Cambodia’s justice system often fails to support children who are victims of and witnesses to crime, many of whom are so terrified to appear in court that they’re unable to give testimony, children’s rights experts said on August 16. “When children are abused, they often respond ...

DSI pledges to push trafficking cases

With more than 1,000 human-trafficking cases pending in the courts including a large number of Myanmar victims, Thailand has promised to speed up the legal process, the Department of Special Investigation deputy chief Pol Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul said on 14 June. Songsak met on 14 June with ...

Independent bar association aims to usher in new era

Myanmar’s legal profession is aiming to come clean. Lawyers have launched the industry’s first independent, national bar association in Myanmar with the help of a London-based human rights training group and the rule of law committee. The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar was launched in Nay Pyi ...

Bar Association rebuts report

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) has hit back at a damning report from the International Bar Association, refuting accusations that it is a politicised facilitator of endemic corruption in the judiciary. In a statement released on 26 September, the BAKC insisted it ...

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