Myanmar National Human Rights Commission holds a workshop on Business and Human Rights at Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, the ASEAN CSR Network and UMFCCI jointly hold a Consultative Workshop on “Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles” at Park Royal Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw on 25 August 2016. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, developed by the UN Special Representative John Ruggies, were released in 2011 as a normative standard for addressing human rights issues that result from business activity.

In 2015, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights released Implementing Guidelines for the development of National Actions Plans (NAP) for the UNGPs. This consultative workshop aims for implementing the UN Guiding Principles. At this consultative workshop, the total of 37 representative including 24 representatives from different ministries, 9 representatives from Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, one representative each from the Supreme Court of the Union, the Union Attorney General’s Office and two representatives from MWAF participated.

The resource persons from abroad includes Mr. Thomas Thomas, (CEO) ASEAN CSR Network,  Mr. Ray Paolo Santiago (Secretary General, Working Group for and ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism), Mr. Livio Sarandrea (UNDP), Mr. Mohamad Azizi Azmi (Head of Policy Division, SUHAKAM).

In the morning session, Mr. Ray Paolo Santiago expounded the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Concepts. Relating to   National Action Plans (NAP), Mr. Livio Sarandrea (UNDP) explained about Developing National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in Europe with his experience at Mozanbique and Mr. Mohamad Azizi Azmi shared his experience on “Malaysian Experience on National Action Plans”.

In the afternoon session, group works were done in the form of workshops on mapping of stakeholders exercise and next step for NAP.

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Multi-Stakeholder Forum 23 August 2016

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, ASEAN-CSR Network and Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) jointly  held the Multi-Stakeholder Forum “Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles” supported by Sweden on 23 August 2016 at Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon. At the opening session, Mr. Thomas Thomas (Chief Executive Officer, ASEAN-CSR Network), Dr. Prof. Daw Than Nwe (Member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission) and Daw Khine Khine Nwe (Joint Secretary General, UMFCCI) made the opening remarks. Next, U Zaw Aye Maung (Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population  & Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, Yangon Region Government) and  Dr. Aung Tun Thet (Member, Peace Commission Chairman, UN Global Compact Point, Myanmar-OECD Responsible Business Conduct) addressed the keynote.

The Workshop was attended by (75) participants including representatives from Yangon Region Government, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, the Academic, aims and researchers, the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, the private sectors. During this Forum, discussions were made on the understanding the United Nations Guiding Principles “Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework”, the human rights, the Malaysia experience on National Action Plans (NAPs), Myanmar Foreign Investment Tracking Project and the opportunities and challenges for Myanmar by Mr. Thomas Thomas (CEO, ASEAN-CSR Network), Dr. Aung Tun Thet, Ms. Bobbie Sta. Maria (Southeast Asia Researcher and Representative, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre), Mr. Livio Sarandrea (Crisis Prevention and Rule of law Specialist, Governance and Peace building Team, UNDP), Mr. Mohamad Azizi Bin Azmi (Head of Policy Division, SUHAKAM), Mr. Xavier Preel (General Manager, Total E & P Myanmar), Dr. Su Hla Han (Deputy Managing Director, Med: Myanmar Group) and Ms. Vicky Bowman (Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business) and the participants take part in the workshop by questions and making discussion.

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission “Workshop on Teaching of Human Rights Law at University” 25-27, July 2016

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/ Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA), Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University jointly held “Workshop on Teaching of Human Rights Law at University” on 25-27 July 2016 at Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon. The event was supported by Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

At the opening Session, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi (Union Minister for Education),          Professor Dr. Daw Than Nwe (member of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission) and Professor Dr.Sriprapra Petcharamesree (Chair of SHAPE-SEA) made opening remarks.

This Workshop aimed for capacity building of the lecturers to teach Human Rights Law at the LLB Course at different universities in Myanmar.

The Workshop was held for 3 days and attended by 30 participants comprising Professors, Associate Professors and Lecturers from 18 universities where there are Departments of Law under Department of Higher Education and members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission and staff. During this workshop, discussions were made on the key concepts in human rights, the background to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the background and key concepts of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the background and key concepts of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the background and key concepts of Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (CRPD), the Person with Disabilities in Myanmar Laws, the key concepts and rights of  the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), CEDAW in Myanmar Law, the key concept and rights of Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), CRC in Myanmar Laws and the protection systems of Human Rights at UN, ASEAN and National levels. The exercises for curriculum development and teaching methodologies were discussed on the last day of the Workshop.