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Human Rights Watch Criticizes Burma’s Draft Associations Law

26 August 2013

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on Burma to revise or reject a draft associations law that will be considered in Parliament. If enacted, the draft Law Relating to the Forming of Organizations, which would require NGOs to obtain official registration, would “give overbroad and vaguely defined regulatory authority to a body under effective military control” and “subject groups to arbitrary decisions without appeal,” the rights group said in a statement Sunday. “It seems the government wants to keep its stranglehold over civil society, effectively muzzling watchdog groups during this critical reform period,” Phil Robertson of HRW said in the statement.