Burmese junta issues orders to stop forced conscription
Sittwe, 5th November: The Western Command in
Previously the Burmese junta used to allot its administrative units in townships and villages of the state to enlist new recruits for the Burmese Army. Besides that, every soldier going for official retirement had to find three new recruits as his replacement, without which his retirement used to get delayed or even denied.
villages which could not fill the quota of the numbers of recruits were made to
pay ‘fines’ to the tune of kyat 100,000 or more. The system became a ‘means’ of earning extra
money for those military personnel who came to
Though the ‘official order’ was issued a few months earlier, no one seemed to follow the orders from ‘high above’. So the junta have been compelled to issue new orders banning forced recruitment soon after the news on child conscription has been talked about in the international arena.
as young as 13 and 14 year olds were conscripted from
The official order included ban on forced conscription, bribing or making monetary deals for escaping from being conscripted, enlistment through allotments made to towns and villages, and troop recruitment by making temptations to minors. The order also contained threats of punitive actions for non-compliance of the order. #