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Statement regarding the Conscription Law illegally enacted by the terrorist Military Group

13 February 2024

The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw declares its stand on the announcement by the terrorist military leader Min Aung Hlaing that the law for servicing in the state’s defence has enacted since 2010 will come into force on 10 February 2024 as follow;

1.  Since 5 February 2021, the Union Hluttaw Representatives, by the statement (2/2021), have clearly declared the terrorist Military leader Min Aung Hlaing and his military council is unlawful organization who seized power from the civilian government and has no right to make laws. Moreover, the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has announced that people do not need to accept and follow any laws, orders and instructions for the citizens including the government officials made by the illegal military group as they all have no legal effect, with the statement (3/2021) on 11 February 2021.

2.  The announcement that the conscription law has come into force by the fascist military council is making an effort in a form of law to put repressiveness and atrocities against the people that constitutes crimes against humanity and, it is an attempt of misuse to keep uphold their power.

3.  It is an implementation of the mechanism to oppress the people in order to buttress dilapidation in all sides due to hand-in-hand resistance of people revolution forces, alliance of ethnic revolution groups and the people, and defection, regimental capitulation and desertion of military troops who realized the truth as well as failures in battles. Therefore, involving and collaborating at all levels of this military mechanism are committing the heavy war crimes.

4.  We urge the National Unity Government and the alliance ethnic organisations to support systematically, with taking consideration on security of respective regions, to those who have been forced to flee due to the repressiveness and atrocities carried out by the terrorist military council in order to force the citizens to serve in the military with many forms.

5.  We urge the International Labor Organization to take effective action in accordance with the ILO’s provisions on the military council because the terrorist group has enacted a law and acted in such a way as to deceive and force someone to serve in the military without their will. This is a violation of Convention 29 (the Forced Labor Convention), which Myanmar signed in the ILO Conventions.

6.  The huge wave of people forcibly displaced can be emerged again by the intentional attack of the terrorist military council in the form of law like this one. That can impact the regional stability and security. Therefore, regional and international governments and parliaments including the United Nations Security Council are deeply urged to take careful consideration to take actions to prevent such action of the terrorist military group as early as possible and to help protect practically the people of Myanmar who are in danger.

The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

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