An international human-rights group is calling on Myanmar to end one of its many legal remnants of authoritarian rule: a law empowering the state to inspect people's homes in the dead of night.

In a report called "Midnight Intrusions" that will be released Thursday, Bangkok-based Fortify Rights is urging Myanmar's government to dismantle the law.

Such inspections have declined dramatically since Myanmar's former military junta ceded power to a nominally civilian government in 2011. But the law is still being employed to suppress dissent, most recently with the detention of several people believed linked to a student movement whose protests this month against a new education law were crushed by police.