Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:08
National Human Rights Commission Chairman explains UDHR (Photo-EMG)
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has received numerous complaints about the use of torture by Myanmar Police Force but is unable to take effective action, according to Win Mara, the commission chairman.
The human rights commission was holding ceremony in Yangon on Tuesday and told Eleven reporters that is currently involved in an education campaign to encourage the police department to take effective action against such abuses.
"We receive complaints, mostly about police torture. If those who lodge complaints are right, we inform it to concerned departments to take action in line with the procedures. The most we can do is an educational campaign,” said Mr. Mara.
The commission receives about 50 complaints daily, most are related to cases of land grabbing and complainants seeking compensation, while others are about torture in police stations and prisons as well as unfair court cases. Mr. Mara commended the media for helping expose some of these abuses.
"Myanmar police still find it difficult to adapt to the term ‘good civil servant’ because they have acted authoritatively for so many years. But now, criminal acts of some police such as rape, robbery and torture have been exposed thanks to freer media," said the Commission Chairman.
According to experts from the United States Peace Institute, Myanmar citizens lack trust in the country's courts and police departments and such problems have to be resolved through negotiation and understanding. However, corruption remains a serious issue. Police sources report that between 2011 and 2012 up to 907 officers were fired and over a hundred demoted for corruption charges.
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