Myanmar enacting mandatory military service law

International Desk

Published: February 10, 2024, 11:54 PM

Myanmar enacting mandatory military service law

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Myanmar‍‍`s junta is enforcing a law requiring all men aged 18-35 and women aged 18-27 to serve at least two years under military command, it said on Saturday, as it struggles to crush opposition to its 2021 coup, reports AFP.

The country has been in turmoil since the military seized power that year,  with massive pro-democracy protests morphing into widespread armed resistance.
The junta "issued the notification of the effectiveness of People‍‍`s Military Service Law starting from February 10th, 2024," the junta‍‍`s 
information team said in a statement.

The law was authored by a previous junta in 2010 but was never brought into force.

Saturday‍‍`s statement did not give further details but said the junta‍‍`s defence ministry would "release necessary bylaws, procedures, announcements orders, notifications and instructions."

Under the 2010 law, during a state of emergency the terms of service can be extended up to five years and those ignoring summons to serve can be jailed for the same period.

The Myanmar junta announced a state of emergency when it seized power in 2021, with the army recently extending it for a further six months.


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