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Burma Abolishes Order Banning Public Gatherings

29 January 2013

Burma’s new reformist government has abolished a 25-year-old ban on public gatherings of more than five people. The 1988 order was issued on the day a military junta took power after crushing nationwide pro-democracy protests. The state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported on Tuesday that Order No 2/88 was abolished as it was not in line with a section of the constitution that says existing laws should remain valid as long as are not contrary to the constitution, which guarantees basic rights such as freedom of expression. The order had been applied selectively as a tool to crush dissent against the previous military regimes. –AP