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Recommendations by Legal Aid Network

Necessary Conditions for the National Unity Government (NUG) to Achieve Recognition from the United Nations and the International Community as a Legitimate Government. #Why NUG should be Recognized as a Legitimate Government #Requirements for Reformation


Posted on 5 May 2021

A Legal Analysis of Rohingya's Citizenship Issue (Final Version)


Posted on 25 April 2021

LAN's Statement on the ASEAN Leaders Meeting convened on April 24


Posted on 7 March 2021

Legal Recommendations From Achievement of the Civil Disobedience Movement Towards Unequivocal Elimination of the Military Dictatorship in Burma


Posted on 27 October 2020

New Approaches to the Peace-seeking Process in Burma/Myanmar


Posted on 31 August 2020

The Eradication of the Narcotic Drugs and the Peace Seeking Process in Burma/Myanmar


Posted on 24 July 2020

Legal Analysis of the Case of Naw Mu Naw, a Karen female who was shot and killed by the two Myanmar Army Soldiers in Karen State on 16 July 2020


Posted on 3 May 2020


Posted on 6 April 2020

Dear Colleagues, 

Warm greetings from Legal Aid Network (LAN)!
We are pleased to distribute our paper entitled, “Hell Hound at Large in Burma”.  
It is our legal analysis of ploy of the Myanmar Army to increase the momentum of civil war in Kachin, and eastern and northeastern parts of Shan States, in additional to Rakhine State, amidst the peril of the COVID-19 in the entire country.
This analysis paper introduces a brief partial background of the civil war in Burma, examines the suffering of people from a legal aspect, elaborates on the definition of “state sovereignty” based on international law and the United Nations Charter, highlights the criminalization of the media as an unjust action that hinders the peace-seeking process, describes public security as a value to be protected by the government based on the responsibility aspect of sovereignty, contrasts Burma with some countries able and unable to minimize the COVID-19 death toll of their people, and uncovers five challenging issues for Burma in fighting against COVID-19. Finally, this analysis concludes with recommendations to make the above societal values a reality while ensuring the peace-seeking [CW1] process continues.

You may observe it in attached file.
Thanks for your attention.

Best Regards,
Legal Aid Network


Posted on 21 March 2020


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Posted on 28 Aug 2019.

Objection of Unlawful Indictment by the Myanmar Army Against
a Christian Religious Leader from Burma for his Request to the President of the United State

In a meeting with Donald Trump, the President of the United States, at the White House, held on July 17, 2019, Dr. Khalam Samson, made the following request:1

“I am the president of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) from northern Burma. As Christians in Myanmar, we are very being oppressed and tortured by the Myanmar military government. we don’t have chance for religious freedom and also the ethnic armed groups fight against the central military government. So, please the American government focus on ethnic people and ethnic leaders to ..........

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Posted on 17 Feb 2019.


A constitution, that reflects the will of the people, addresses the underlying issues of the respective state, fulfills the particular needs of society and is underpinned by the minimum standards of the Rule of law, can be valued as the supreme law of any respective state. With this background scenario, this compilation attempts to scrutinize the status of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar/Burma (2008) (hereinafter ..........

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Posted on 10 Dec 2018.

Legal Analysis Statement on 70 Years Anniversary of Emergence of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights

On December 10, 2018, it will already have been 70 years since the emergence of the UDHR. In today’s world, human rights, as a crucial component of globalization, have been gaining momentum on one hand. On the other, in a number of fields, as well as countries, human rights have clearly regressed. In Burma, the influence of the extreme Buddhist ..........

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Posted on 3 Dec 2018.

Legal Analysis Statement on the Detention of the ABSDF (Northern) Leader and Members by the Government Authorities in Connection with the So-called Peace Seeking Process in Burma

Detention of the deputy Chairperson of the ABSDF (Northern) U Aung Swe Oo and his two colleagues at Monyin town under Unlawful Association Act on Nov 30, 2018 has threatened not only leaders of the said organization and their members but also the other ethnic armed organizations – regardless of whether non-signatories or signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) – as well as other innocent civilians. The reason of arrest ..........

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Posted on 23 Nov 2018.

Legal Analysis on the Rights of the Children
                 In Connection with the Repatriation of Rohingyas into Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar

Burma/Myanmar has been a state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) since 1991. As part of implementation of the CRC, the country produced an act, entitled ‘The Child Law’ in 1993.

In addition to protection under international human rights laws, such as UDHR and ICCPR,  Article 7 of the CRC provides the right of a child to . . . . . . .

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Posted on 15 Aug 2018.

Legal Analysis of the Press Release Issued by the Office of the State Counsellor in Connection with the Jurisdiction of the ICC for Heinous Crimes Took Place in Rakhine and other Ethnic States

In the said press release, issued on August 9, 2018,there are many flaws from legal, ethical and accountable aspects. Firstly, it stated that Myanmar is not a party to the Rome Statue and the Court has no jurisdiction on Myanmar whatsoever. It is an incomplete utterance. In addition to that situation, under Article 13 (2) and (3) of the Rome Statue, the ICC will

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Posted on 25 July 2018.

Analysis of the Speech of Sen. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing,
Commander-in Chief of the Myanmar Army, delivered at the third Union Peace Conference: 21st Century Panglong

(1) His speech, in regard to history, is ideologically incorrect. References are incomplete too. His saying as “We should not become prisoners of history” is a mere ignorance of the history. It also means that we shall not be tied up with the history. It is untrue. The concept that should be adopted is, out of the historical events, true factors shall be observed, valued, recognized and, continued to be preserved, while taking lessons from mistakes and attempting to avoid similar erroneous practices in the future.

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Posted on 24 April 2018.

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Accountability of the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD government
Connection with the ICC’s Jurisdiction Issue

1. On April 13, the office of the State Counsellor, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a press release arguing that there can be no ICC jurisdiction in the Rohingya case given the general principle of treaty law that no state is bound by …………………..

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Posted on 18 January 2018

Seeking Accountability for Ending Impunity
LAN’s Legal Analysis of Superior/Command Responsibility and Myanmar Army’s Admission of their Involvement in Heinous Crimes Which Constitute Genocide

            In regard to killings of ten Rohingyas, in Inndin Village, Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar, admission of Myanmar Army, as the perpetrators, has astounded almost entire society and proved that similar heinous crimes have been committed by them. Why did they admit so publicly? It is directly relevant to

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Recommendations to Break Deadlock in So-called Peace Seeking Process
in Burma/Myanmar

The importance of the position statement publicly announced by the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) after their emergency meeting on January 5, 2018, should not be underestimated, as it signals an eruption of anger over the unjust practices of the Myanmar Army. The KNLA cannot accept the way the Myanmar Army has been conducting the peace seeking process under the incumbent Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

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Posted on 31 Dec 2017

Legal Analysis Statement: On the Issue of Repatriation of Rohingyas to Rakhine State, Burma (Myanmar)

1. Investigation of the UN FFM Required

Mere acceptance of repatriation by the Myanmar government is not a sufficient solution to deal with decades of serious human rights violations committed by the State against the Rohingyas. If such repatriation takes place, it will just serve to whitewash responsible perpetrators, government authorities and Myanmar military leaders. Impunity will continue to prevail, making an on-going mockery of the Rule of Law.  

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Posted on 23 Dec 201716

Legal Analysis Statement: Extrajudicial Killing of Karenni Soldiers and Requirement to Recognize the Sovereignty of the Karenni State

The unlawful arrest and extrajudicial killing of four Karenni soldiers from the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) by the Myanmar Army in the Karenni State on December 20, 2017, is amount to war crimes even though the KNPP and the ruling Myanmar military regime signed the ceasefire agreements in both provincial as well as the Union levels.

It is coincident with the time now that the Myanmar military leaders impose pressure and persuade the non-signatory ethnic armed

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Posted on 29 June 201715

Peace Statement 5: Statement on Legal Issues Arising out of the 21 Century Pang Long Conference

According to Paragraph 20 (d) and (e) of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), after convening the Union Peace Conference, a Pyidaungsu Accord or Union Accord will be signed. However, the following procedural flaws within the current process will negate the legality of any document which may emerge in the near future:

1. Lack of nexus between the previous Pang Long Accord and the new one;...

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Posted on 29 June 201714

Peace Statement (4): Calling for Abrogation of the NCA and Recognition of the Pang Long Accord

1. According to paragraph 20 (1) of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) shall be allowed to join the Union Peace Conference only after signing of the NCA. Signing of the NCA by any EAO is a must before joining the Union Peace Conference (UPC). The NCA does not have any exception clause saying, ‘EAOs can be invited as special guests, even those which have not yet signed the NCA.’....

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Posted on 21 September 201613

Legal Analysis Statement on current armed conflict in Karen State from the perspective of human rights and the rule of law vis-a-vis the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

Since the second week of September2016, fighting has resumed between the DKBA and Burmese Army and its subsidiary Karen Border Guard Force. This can erode the trust of ethnic nationalities in the government and Burmese military leaders who are taking the leading role in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) process....

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Posted on 18 Jan 201612

Press release by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) and Legal Aid Network (LAN)

New report exposes systematic cover-up of Myanmar Army involvement in Kachin rape-murder case

A new report exposes the systematic cover-up of the Myanmar Army’s involvement in the rape-murder of two Kachin teachers in Kawng Kha village, northern Shan State, exactly one year ago. “Justice Delayed, Justice Denied” by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) and Legal Aid Network (LAN) analyzes witness testimony to identify as a key suspect the commanding officer of the Myanmar troops camped in Kawng Kha, and shows how he and his superiors blocked and subverted the police investigation into the crime...

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Posted on 25 Dec 201511

Statement (1) Concerning Expected Transitional Arrangement

Following the meeting of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi and the former Senior General Than Shwe, which reportedly took place on Dec 4, presumptions and speculations surrounding the purpose and content of their meeting have appeared from various sources. One explicitly relevant issue that has been raised is the possible emergence of an ‘amnesty law’ to be enacted by the Union Parliament, known as the Pyidaung Su Hluttaw, in which the MPs from the National League for Democracy, which won a landslide victory in recent elections held in Nov 2015, constitute an absolute majority...

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Posted on 23 sep 201410

Analysis of Peace Seeking Process from the Aspect of the Rule of Law and Human Rights (1): Issue on Management of Natural Resources during Interim Period.

1. The various ethnic nationalities in Burma have been suffering from atrocities – serious human rights violations – caused by civil war for over six decades. Hence, they should enjoy opportunities for the participation in peace seeking processes in which the underlying issues of the entire civil war are explored. Despite that the general public do not need to attend the formal meetings, taking place between the two parties in armed conflicts – the representatives from the ruling regime on one hand and those of the ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) on the other – they should enjoy their right to know by receiving relevant comprehensive information, issued by both parties vis-à-vis peace...

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Posted on 19 jul 20136

Objection against Unlawful Detention of a Human Rights Activist, Bawk Jar Lum Nyoi

Bawk Jar Lum Nyoi, a kachin nationality human rights activist, was arrested in Mohnyin by police on July 18, 2013 and was going to be brought to Myitkyina today. Bawk Jar was the one who participated in recent study tour mainly organized by the Civil Rights Defenders, seeking to support the legal aid work in Burma, together with 9 lawyers, taking two weeks period from June 22 to July 7, 2003, and studied in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, which constituted a major part of former Yugoslavia, on the issues relevant to human rights and the rule of law...

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Posted on 05 jun 20135

(Belgrade Statement) “Statement on the Rule of Law in Burma, issued by the lawyers who made the European trip”

The Civil Rights Defenders, seeking to support the legal aid work in Burma, arranged a study tour for 9 lawyers and one human rights activist from Burma, taking two weeks period from June 22 to July 7, 2003 and let us study in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, which constituted a major part of former Yugoslavia, on the issues relevant to human rights and the rule of law...

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