Myanmar Scraps Law Used By Junta To Silence Dissent

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Myanmar scraps law used by junta to silence dissent

YANGON, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Oct, 2016 ) - Myanmar on Tuesday scrapped a law used by the former military government to silence political activists, which threatened jail for anyone who endangered public morality or execution for damaging telephone lines.

The Emergency Provisions Act, passed in 1950 after Myanmar won independence from Britain, became the military's weapon of choice to silence dissent during its half a century in power. Lawmakers from the National League for Democracy party, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have been trying to repeal it since they took power in late March.