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Myanmar dispatch: military junta’s activation of compulsory military service law is a blow to Myanmar’s youth, and to its future

by Derek Andrews
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Myanmar legislation college students are reporting for JURIST on challenges to the rule of legislation of their nation beneath the army junta that deposed the civilian authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021.

On Saturday, 10 February 2024, the Myanmar army junta introduced the enforcement of the People’s Military Law (State Peace and Development Council Law No. 27/ 2010). Per part 1(b) of that legislation, males from the age of 18 to 35 and girls from the age of 18 to 27 can be arbitrarily summoned to serve within the army.

Though the period of such army service is alleged to be not than 24 months [section 3], the army junta retained its arbitrary energy to increase the service as much as 5 years “if the state is beneath an emergency” [section 4]. Moreover, per part 21(a), the army reserved its arbitrary energy to mobilise and summon those that have already completed their army service “When there arises or there may be ample cause to come up a state of emergency endangering defence and safety of state in a area or in the entire state.” Anybody who tries to keep away from this service is on the threat of imprisonment lower than 5 years [section 24].

The army junta activated this legislation at this second as one among its many depraved means to oppress the Myanmar public additional.

First, this appears to be an try to make use of harmless residents and frontline troopers as human shields whereas the junta stays on the again. After having suffered a number of defeats by the hands of the Folks’s Protection Power (PDF), the army junta is now dropping this battle each de facto and de jure.

Second, in activating the legislation the army junta is concentrating on Myanmar younger folks, who’re probably the most energetic age group in resistance in opposition to the federal government. Younger folks refusing to attend any college or institute operated by the army juntas are important for Myanmar’s Civil Disobedience Motion. Whereas part 15 (a) mentioned the army will enable “college students” to “quickly postpone the army service obligation,” part 2 (g) of the legislation restrictively units out the definition of “college students” as those that attend a college “operated and acknowledged” by them. The army junta is as soon as once more concentrating on the lives of younger folks straight and trying to decelerate the progress of CDM not directly.

Third, the appropriate to life and the appropriate to schooling have already develop into uncommon luxuries for a lot of Myanmar younger folks. This announcement solely doubles the concerns of many younger folks residing in Myanmar proper now. Within the three years because the army coup, many younger folks have tried to go away Myanmar for security, for schooling and for higher life high quality. That is already inflicting a brain-drain and this information solely provides gasoline to fireside by hindering Myanmar people who find themselves quickly residing in international lands from returning to Myanmar till the army junta is totally defeated.

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