‘Nowhere to run’ for Muslims forcibly sent to military training in southern Rakhine State

As residents of a Kyaukphyu Township IDP camp conclude training they were made to undergo by the junta, questions remain about when their conscription will start and what it will entail

Further details have emerged regarding the forced recruitment of internally displaced Muslims into the junta’s forces in southern Rakhine State last month, including the alleged presence of minors among the conscripts, and offers of payment for those with citizenship documents.

On several occasions in late February, soldiers and junta-appointed administrators visited the Kyauktalone internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camp in Kyaukphyu Township, meeting with camp elders and management and announcing plans to enforce a conscription law requiring all eligible men between 18 and 35 to serve in the armed forces.

Some 150 junta personnel rounded up approximately 127 men and boys in the camp on On February 28, transporting them in. . .

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