This is a news update from the United States Law Library of Congress describing the newly initiated legislative review of the Constitution for Myanmar.
“Women’s organisations and groups have suggested that the amendment to the Marriage Law Amendment Bill 2012 should be redrafted to make it mandatory for the court to order that both immovable and movable property acquired during the subsistence of marriage be divided equally between the wife and husband. It has also been suggested that the court should take into account any disadvantage suffered by the woman or the children with her and give her a further share of the property.”
Even though the recent revisions to the marriage laws have been hailed as some of the most significant and positive changes in family law in China, thus far no empirical evaluation of the laws’ effectiveness in actual practice has been conducted. The article raises some questions as to the practical effect these revisions will have on women’s rights. The article suggests recommendations that will help bring the marriage law in compliance with the international standards set out in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, as well as helps deliver on the promise of the revisions to the […]
U.S. Library of Congress – Global Legal Monitor