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In Thailand’s border province of Tak, younger Myanmar nationals, now together with girls, try to evade obligatory military conscription.

Troopers from the Ratchamanu Taskforce, stationed in Tak’s Mae Sot district, made a startling discovery on Friday, apprehending 27 youths comprising 13 males and 14 girls close to a stream in Phop Phra district.

These younger people revealed they’d launched into their journey from Myawaddy, a metropolis in Myanmar adjoining to Tak’s Mae Sot district. Facilitated by human smugglers, they navigated a clandestine path into Thailand via the porous border space.

This incident follows intently on the heels of one other, the place 27 younger Myanmar nationals, 11 males and 16 girls, have been captured earlier within the week by the border taskforce whereas concealing themselves in a forest inside Tak’s Phop Phra district. The proximity of 5 border districts within the northern province to main Myanmar cities with handy transportation to the border additional highlights the urgency of their flight.

The basis explanation for this exodus lies in Myanmar’s junta’s implementation of a legislation compelling all males aged between 18 and 35 and ladies aged 18 to 27 to serve a minimal of two years within the military to bolster its ranks amidst mounting resistance. Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has issued a directive imposing this legislation, with stringent penalties of up to 5 years in jail for many who refuse military service, reported The Nation.

Main Common Zaw Min Tun, a spokesperson for the junta, disclosed plans to enlist roughly 5,000 people month-to-month beginning April for nationwide defence duties. The aim is to recruit as many as 50,000 males this yr alone, aiming to shore up the military’s dwindling numbers within the face of great battlefield losses and mass surrenders.

One Myanmar nationwide, U Wey, talking out towards what he deems illegitimate conscription, expressed grave considerations over the protection of those fleeing youths in the event that they have been repatriated to Myanmar.

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