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Draft Law to Raise Age of Majority

31 October 2013

New legislation currently being drafted to replace Burma’s existing Juvenile Law will raise the age of majority in Burma from 16 to 18, reports Mizzima. The new law, which is due to be completed in December and will be submitted to Parliament next year, will harmonize the country’s laws with international standards, said Aung Tun, the deputy director general of the Social Welfare Department. The Attorney General’s Office and the Social Welfare Department have been working on the draft law since 2010, with technical assistance from UNICEF. Besides raising the age of minors, the law sets a minimum age for marriage, employment and criminal prosecution, and establishes juvenile courts.

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