Myanmar junta bans men from applying to work abroad

Myanmar junta bans men from applying to work abroad
Myanmar junta bans men from applying to work abroad

Junta bans men from applying to work abroad

Published today at 5:53 a.m.

The Burmese junta has announced that it will suspend the issuance of permits for men to work abroad, a few weeks after announcing that it will impose military service of at least two years, which led thousands of people to try to leave the country.

The Ministry of Labor has “temporarily suspended” the acceptance of applications from men wishing to work outside the borders of Burma, the ministry announced in a press release published Thursday evening. The measure was taken to be able to “take more time to verify the departure procedures, and in connection with other questions”, it is written, without further details.

Men and women are affected

The coordinated offensive by three ethnic minority groups near the Chinese border at the end of October marked a major turning point in favor of the adversaries of power, who took control of certain strategic towns and roads, according to observers.

In February, after a series of setbacks, the authorities indicated they wanted to impose military service of at least two years on men aged 18 to 35 and women aged 18 to 27. This announcement took thousands of young Burmese by surprise, who sought to flee the country.

AFP

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