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Japan Helps Fund Rule of Law Centers around Myanmar

In an effort to bolster Myanmar’s new democratic governance, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Embassy of Japan have signed a $1 million US-dollar funding agreement to support UNDP’s four rule of law centers around the country.

The rule of law centers strive to nurture local legal professionals, community leaders, and civil society organizations by providing them with access to information and skill development programs.

“A correct understanding of the concept of Rule of Law is needed in both judicial professions and ordinary people in society for the establishment of true democratization,” says Japanese Ambassador, Tateshi Higuchi.

The centers are an integral part of UNDP’s strategy in Myanmar and have become vital community hubs where government officials and citizens come together to discuss a variety of issues such as drug use, labor laws, squatters’ rights, and violence against women and children.

The centers are located in Yangon, Mandalay, Myitkyina (Kachin State), and Taunggyi (Shan State).

“The funding from Japan comes at a critical time when we are expanding our work in terms of community outreach in various parts of Myanmar. Ultimately, this generous contribution from the government and people of Japan will help to increase trust in the justice system,” says UNDP Country Director, Toily Kurbanov. The centers are implemented by UNDP, through the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), with support from the governments of, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan.