Myanmar Pressured to Amend Investment Law For Better Human Rights Protections

By Evan Abrams

Human rights groups are urging Myanmar to reconsider several provisions in its much touted draft investment law. The law is a key step in the country’s recent move toward more open markets and democratic accountability. According to Voice of America groups have expressed concern that the law would make it difficult for the government to pass subsequent regulations to protect human rights and the environment. Human Rights Watch has been particularly critical, claiming that the law was put forth with very little public consultation.