30 May 2024 /

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Could the worrisome conscription law work? – Issue 139

Since the military council declared the activation of the People’s Military Service Law on 10 February, the people of Myanmar have had worries and anxieties every day. Some young citizens who are eligible for conscription, are preparing to go abroad, flee to liberated areas and join People’s Defense Forces/Local Defense Forces (PDFs/LDFs) fighting against the military junta.

According to the interim census 2019, there are nearly 14 million people—6.3 million men and 7.7 million women—who are eligible for military service under the People’s Military Service Law. Will these numbers really exist in Myanmar? Do you believe that even the said numbers will proudly serve in the military “for the defence of the country”? In addition, how many of the eligible persons are among the forces of the Spring Revolution, who are resisting the military coup by all means?

This week, the Burma News International (BNI)-Myanmar Peace Monitor’s Bi-weekly news review studies, whether the People’s Military Service Law work or not, based on the data and incidents, even though the activation of the “People’s Military Service Law” which is used by the junta as a last resort can cause great public concern.

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Karen National Union (KNU)

Arakan National Council (ANC/AA)

All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF)

Chin National Front (CNF/CNA)

Karen National Union (KNU)

Arakan National Council (ANC/AA)

All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF)

Chin National Front (CNF/CNA)

Arakan Liberation Party/Army (ALP/ALA)

Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA)

Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA)

Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP/KA)

Kuki National Organization (Burma)

Lahu Democratic Union (LDU)

Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA)

National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS)

New Mon State Party (NMSP)

National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K)

Pa-Oh National Liberation Organization (PNLO)

The Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF/TNLA)

The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS/SSA – South)

Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA – North)

United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA)

UWSP/UWSA