Myanmar scraps stringent emergency law
Myanmar has scrapped a stringent law which had been used by the former military leaders to silence opponents.
The Emergency Provisions Act was introduced in 1950 after independence from Britain.
It allowed the authorities to detain people without charge and prescribed jail or execution for a wide range of offences considered treason.
It allowed punishments of up to seven years for crimes like disrupting public morality or spreading false news.
The National League for Democracy (NLD), which swept to power in Myanmar earlier this year ending decades of military rule, had been trying to get... read more
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