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Myanmar Military Conscription Sparks Refugee Surge to Thailand


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On February 19th, 2024, Mr. Kannavee Suebsang, the FAIR Party MP, publicly revealed the case where the Myanmar government announced military conscription without gender discrimination, leaving uncertainty about whether it would escape scrutiny under international human rights law.


Kannavee stated that currently, there are thousands of Myanmar nationals, both male and female, aged 18-35, seeking visas to Thailand at the embassy in Yangon, Burma.

 

The surge in refuge applications followed the Myanmar government under Gen. Min Aung Hlaing’s announcement of military conscription for males aged 18-35 and females aged 18-27 for up to two years, with certain professionals like doctors up to 45 years old required to serve for three years, extendable to five in emergencies.

 

The violators could face up to five years in prison, prompting a wave of Myanmar nationals seeking refuge in Thailand.

 

Kannavee listened to all sectors’ concerns, including the Thai government and Myanmar nationals who sought refuge in Thailand. The primary concern was whether Thailand truly understood the main issue and how the government would respond and proceed forward, questioned Kannavee.

 

By Kittisak Phalaharn

 

Full story: THE PATTAYA NEWS 2024-02-21

 

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Kannavee stated that currently, there are thousands of Myanmar nationals, both male and female, aged 18-35, seeking visas to Thailand at the embassy in Yangon, Burma

Myanmar..

Thousands of workers for Thailand, just what it needs.

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6 hours ago, herfiehandbag said:

I have a number of friends amongst the Burmese refugee community in Chiang Rai.

 

They tell me that the Burmese military are losing badly.

 

In Tachilech (border town with Mae Sai) I was told, the Government forces have lost control of even the town centre after dark. In the countryside they stay in their camps, ringed by barbed wire and mines, controlling at best only the major roads, and then by day. Their main tactic is to stay behind their defences and fire mortars at anywhere they know or suspect (or imagine) rebels might be.

 

If you go the Chiang Rai Expat Club on the 28th February, you will hear an analysis given by a company here in Chiang Rai who are monitoring & documenting the situation with a network of people in Myanmar Burma.  PM me if you want more details.

 

 

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