The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has announced that human rights documents including UN conventions will be translated into Myanmar language and disseminated among the public, according to a report in Eleven News Media on Saturday, February 9.
The report quoted NHRC Secretary Sit Myaing as saying that the Commission will translate some of the UN’s “Core Conventions”, such as the Convention on the Rights of Children, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Eleven News also said that Sweden’s Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has offered help to the Commission in educating people in Myanmar about human rights.
The NHRC announced in January that it will introduce a human rights subject to the curricula at elementary, middle and high schools in Myanmar in coordination with the Ministry of Education, according to a January 13 report in Eleven News Media.
The NHRC was established by President Thein Sein in September 2011. Although its 15-member board—consisting mostly of retired professors and diplomats—has been accused of failing to stand up to the government in cases such as the investigation of abuses in ethnic areas, it was widely seen as supportive of steps taken to have political prisoners released.