Myanmar releases draft laws for heritage protection

Gandhi Hall in Yangon. Source: Myanmar Times 20150505

The Myanmar Ministry of Culture has released draft laws for heritage conservation, but heritage groups say the laws say little about urban conservation.

Gandhi Hall in Yangon. Source: Myanmar Times 20150505
Gandhi Hall in Yangon. Source: Myanmar Times 20150505

YCDC, heritage trust to press on with conservation law
Myanmar Times, 05 May 2015

The release of two draft heritage protection laws last month blindsided Yangon’s main heritage preservation group and the municipal authorities, who have been working together on a conservation law to protect the city’s heritage buildings.

However, both say a dedicated conservation law for Yangon will still be needed, even if the new draft laws are enacted.

Drafted by the Ministry of Culture, the laws were published in state-run media on April 19 and 20.

Contacted for comment after the laws were released, both Yangon Heritage Trust and Yangon City Development Committee said they had not yet read the drafts and requested more time to comment.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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