Forced Conscription in
Teknaf, 17 Jul. 03: Fresh forced conscription into the Burmese Army has been reported from various townships of
He hails from Kodan-gauk village in the southern part of
Reports from other parts of the western Burmese state also confirm that though each of the Burmese army battalions is supposed to have seven hundred members, there are only 150 to 200 members in average in each of the nearly sixty battalions across
Maung Tun Yein said that people are now most reluctant to join the army because most of the people extremely dislike the life of a soldier unlike in the past. He also added that though the ruling Burmese military regime issued orders not to forcefully draft civilians into the armed services, they have again come up with the much controversial method of coercion in conscripting civilians into the defence services.
Meanwhile the villagers have been forced to offer food and drink to the members of the Burmese army who came for conducting the conscription as well as to those who have been newly and forcefully recruited, he said. #