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Peace, Rule of Law and Human Rights

While Myanmar's human rights situation has improved and progress has been made in the peace process, there is still some way to go before peace, rule of law and full respect for human rights is secured. Denmark supports Myanmar's peace process and justice sector reforms under the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme 2016-2020.

Conflicts and instability continue to hamper Myanmar’s development and efforts to reduce poverty and promote democracy, rule of law and human rights in the country’s border regions. In the remaining part of the country respect for human rights is challenged by a judicial system characterised by low capacity, understaffing, corruption and lack of legal framework and accountability systems, which can ensure the rule of law.


Under the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme (2016-2020), Denmark is supporting the nationally led peace process towards a final peace settlement between the government and ethnic armed organisations through the Joint Peace Fund (JPF) with DKK 50 million (approximately USD 7.5 million). The JPF is a platform for international financial, technical and advisory support to Myanmar's peace process currently supported by 11 donors: Australia, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Furthermore, through the Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights, Denmark supports the Union Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, lawyers, CSOs as well as the law departments of Dagon and East Yangon Universities in strengthening capacities on core aspects of rule of law and human rights and supporting reform in relevant areas. The programme which has a total grant of DKK 70 million (approximately USD 10.5 million) is based on participatory approaches supporting partners identify their own needs and priorities and taking lead in implementation of activities. A Joint Venture comprised of the International Commission of Jurists and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has been contracted to provide technical assistance to the programme through a team of experts supporting implementation.

    (Signing MoU with Union Attorney General Office on collaboration in regard to rule of law and human rights)



Mads Hovøre Andersen
Counsellor (Political)


Khin Maung Lwin

Development Advisor