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500 CSO Issues Statements Opposing Association Bill

10 September 2013

More 500 civil society organizations will send letters to Burma’s Lower House and to foreign embassies to raise their concerns about the draft Association Law, Mizzima reports. The groups issued 22 position statements on the bill in recent days, outlining their opposition to certain restrictions in the draft. Section 15, for instance, stipulates that anyone who is a member of an unregistered association risks punishment of six months’ imprisonment and a US$100 fine. “If they have to enact this law, all NGOs and charity organizations would like to take positions on the bill,” said Free Funeral Service Society administrator Ayer Maung Maung.