The 11th of May marks one hundred days since
the convening of Burma’s Parliament on 31 January. The laws
governing the proceedings of the first parliamentary session in
22 years gagged MPs and restrict civilian access to the Parliament.
Many MPs complained about being subjected to detention-like living
conditions. The regime also barred domestic journalists and foreign
correspondents from covering the session.
Lack of genuine debate characterized the proceedings.
Ministers brushed off questions that dealt with important issues
and refused to address the substantive issues raised by the MPs.
USDP and military-appointed MPs and the Speakers in both Houses
of Parliament blocked 87% of the proposals submitted and instead
prioritized the regime’s political agenda.
Meanwhile, outside Naypyidaw the regime continued
to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes. Regime troops
attacked and forcibly displaced hundred of civilians as part of
their military offensives in ethnic areas. The regime also continued
to arbitrarily detain and imprison dissidents.
This briefer is produced for the conference “100
Days of Burma’s Parliament” held on 12 May 2011 at
the Australian National Parliament by the Australian Parliamentarians
for Democracy in Burma with the participation of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC).