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ENNWF decries conscription law by military regime in Myanmar

By EMN Updated: Apr 15, 2024 11:25 pm

DIMAPUR — The Eastern Naga National Workers Forum (ENNWF), NSCN/GPRN, decried the ‘recent conscription law, enacted by the military junta to enlist all adult males and females’.

In a statement, it said that the law goes against the wishes of the Naga people, who have consistently maintained neutrality amidst clashes between the Junta and NUG’s People’s Defence Force, not out of fear but to uphold political legitimacy and foster peace within the Naga nation.

“The history and stance of the Naga people are clear and still alive, as Nagas have never been under Burma or India since time immemorial. The various Naga tribes first encountered the Burmese in a confrontational manner not many years ago. However, the Eastern Nagas maintained self-reliance until Burma and India forcefully imposed their colonial powers,” it said.

It emphasised that the forum is compelled to address the military junta regarding the oppressive conscription law and to prevent Naga youth from being used as human shields. Instead, ENNWF advised the junta to engage in dialogue to resolve the turmoil and restore democracy in the country.

It also urged Nagas to refrain from conscription, which is a form of colonialism and to assert their birthrights.

“Nagas have endured the suffering inflicted by the gun barrels of Burma and India with our parents, brothers and sisters, enduring starvation, torture and death for far too long. In the pursuit of Naga freedom. We have sacrificed countless years. The time has come for us to unite, revive our spirit, and steadfastly assert our rights,” it read.

By EMN Updated: Apr 15, 2024 11:25:01 pm
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