A coordination meeting for discussing the Protection of Ethnic Rights Bill was held at the Mingalarthiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Nai Thet Lwin delivered the opening speech at the meeting, saying that the meeting is of great importance as it will discuss the remarks sent back from the Office of the Union Attorney-General on the second draft of the bylaw for protecting ethnic rights, which was drafted at the end of two workshops.
The Union Minister said his ministry will work in line with the Law Protecting Ethnic Rights to implement equal rights for all ethnicities with no discrimination between hilly regions and the plains, putting an end to violations of ethnic rights, and promoting all-round socio-economic development, all of which will directly support the proliferation of peace.
Ethnic people will only be able to fully benefit from the constitutional rights, once this bylaw is enacted, as such, one can assess the critical significance of the bylaw for ethnic people and the ministry, said the Union Minister.
He concluded by urging the participants to the meeting to give their utmost cooperation in discussing the second draft of the bill, as its enactment will allow two of the departments under his ministry to conduct practical implementations.
The meeting then commenced, with officials from the advisory board of the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs explaining about the draft for the ethnic affairs bylaw.
This was followed by participants reviewing and discussing each chapter of the bylaw and consulting the discussions made and advice given to draw a confirmed version of the bill.
Concerning the drawing of the new bill, Deputy Director General of the Department of Protecting Ethnic Rights, Dr. L Tu Meang Gaung, said consideration was given for the bylaw to come up with a version that provides a satisfactory link between the permissions granted by the Law Protecting Ethnic Rights and the high expectations from ethnic people, in addition to carrying out the ministry’s tasks.
“This meeting will produce a third draft of the bylaw,” said Dr. L Tu Meang Gaung, “It will be resent to the Office of the Union Attorney-General where it will undergo legal remarks and detailed reviews and amendments. After all that’s done, we hope it won’t be long till a bylaw that benefits ethnic people and supports working operations, will emerge.”