Myanmar: Junta enforces universal slavery law

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The government in Myanmar has announced compulsory military service for all young men and women as the country’s turmoil continues. The army seized power from the civilian government in a coup in February 2021. But in recent months it has been defeated in a series of battles with ethnic militias and anti-coup fighters. The move announced on Saturday will require all men aged 18-35, and women aged 18-27, to serve at least two years under military command. No further details have been released. But in a statement, the junta said its defence ministry would ‘release necessary bylaws, procedures, announcements orders, notifications and instructions.’ The military has faced a series of humiliating defeats in recent months.” (02/11/24)