"By vigorously opposing all unjust and oppressive laws, and by helping restore the principle of the Rule of Law, the Burma Lawyers' Council aims to contribute to the transformation of Burma where all the citizens enjoy the equal protection of law under the democratic federal constitution which will guarantee fundamentals of human rights."
Objectives of the BLC
- Promote and assist in the educating, implementating, restoring, and improving basic human rights, democratic rights, and the rule of law in Burma.
- Assist in the drafting and implementating a constitution for Burma, and in associated matters of legal education; and
- Participate and cooperate in the emergence of a Civil Society in Burma.
Strengths of the BLC
The majority of the Executive Committee members are experienced in legal field and also key participants in other vital organizations fighting for democracy and human rights in Burma. The BLC is the only organization, which can contribute to the protection of human rights from a legal perspective, in the democratic movement of Burma. The BLC also endeavours to practise collective, consensus based leadership and decision making, which may be a useful model to other less democratically inclined organisations. The academic training that BLC members have undergone gives the group considerable skills in assimilating information, analysis, rationalising situations etc. In addition the group receives considerable legal support within and without Burma.
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The BLC is Working for the entire grass roots population of Burma (famers, soldiers, workers, civil service administrative staff, the staff and proprietors of small enterprises etc.) with a particular emphasis on the legal needs of women. However practical, strategic considerations meant that the BLC is working through the middle class prolitically progressive population, private employers in large and medium size enterprises, intellectuals and academics, civil servants, political leaders and the second line leaders of the opposition.
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