Legal Aid in Myanmar is at an important stage in its development. The Government of Myanmar recently enacted a Legal Aid Law, commnities and individuals are learning about the availability of legal aid, and legal aid providers are perfecting the skills needed to serve their clients. This Legal Aid Toolkit was prepared with the goal of educating and assisting Myanmar’s legal aid providers during this exciting transition.
This 2016 report combines expert interviews with national surveys to measure 44 indicators related to rule of law in 113 countries and territories. Myanmar ranked 14th out of 15 countries in the region and 98 out of 113 globally. There is an interactive data explorer available here.
In February 2017 MyJustice hosted the WJP Executive Director and team for a discussion of the 2016 Rule of Law Index findings in Yangon. A short summary of the event is available here.
The Myanmar Union Attorney General’s Office published its first five year strategic plan in January 2016, available in English and Myanmar language. It focuses on four main areas: 1) to protect the legal rights of individuals and the national interest; 2) to strengthen the performance of the Union Attorney General’s Office; 3) to inspire public trust and confidence in the justice system; and 4) to take an active role in justice sector reform.