Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for laws to protect the rights of ethnic minority groups in her first statement in parliament.
She said such laws were important for Burma to become a truly democratic nation of mutual respect.
Burma has undergone a series of political reforms initiated by the military-backed government.
But some parts of Burma are still hit by conflict and unrest, most recently in Rakhine state.
Suu Kyi, who was freed from house arrest in late 2010, was elected to parliament by-elections in April.