Following a landslide victory in parliamentary elections, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy managed to form a government in early 2016 – a historic development for a country emerging from decades of military rule. Myanmar’s democratic transition has underscored the need to cement the rule of law as a fundamental principle.
A key priority for Myanmar’s justice sector institutions has therefore been the professional development of judges, law officers and court staff through modern training programs. IDLO is working with the training departments of the Union Attorney General Office and the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union to strengthen capacity development strategies and support their implementation.
Myanmar has embarked on increased efforts to strengthen the rule of law and foster citizens’ ability to demand and seek justice. In a country where a large part of the population tends to resort to informal systems to resolve disputes, it has been crucial to enhance public confidence in the formal justice system and foster public legal awareness.
IDLO in collaboration with UNDP expanded Rule of Law Centres across the country with a view to increasing communities’ knowledge of their rights, assisting justice providers to apply rule of law principles, and building cooperation to address local justice problems.
With the commitment to implementing the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, IDLO's activities in Myanmar worked to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 5, 10 and 16. [ Find out more ]