Saturday, December 14, 2019

Support for human rights in Myanmar

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a tender for the implementation of Danish support to Rule of Law and Human Rights in Myanmar under the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme 2016-2020.  

The contract is subject to approval of the country programme. The 2017 budget proposition indicates DKK 66 million in support for Myanmar next year.

The objective of the support to the Rule of Law and Human Rights programme is increased respect for international human rights standards and rule of law in Myanmar’s justice system. Denmark aims to strengthen the capacities in key justice sector actors with a focus on human rights education and research at universities, stronger lawyer and CSO networks to advance human rights through litigation and advocacy, and enhanced capacity of formal justice sector actors (the Office of the Union Supreme Court, the Union Attorney General’s Office (UAGO) to apply human rights law and judicial and procedural ethics in its decisions and functions.

The approach will rely largely on mentoring, training of trainers and institutionalisation of training capacity.

Some resulting outputs include: human rights education established at two universities; access to human rights knowledge through human rights resource centres; enhanced access to justice through university legal aid clinics; evidence-based policy discourse on human rights, rule of law and justice sector reform; increased capacity of CSOs to monitor and document human rights violations; increased capacity of lawyers’ network to advance human rights improved through litigation; increased capacity in independent bar association to advise lawyers on human rights increased.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is September 30, 2016.