Eyewitnesses in Myanmar’s capital Yangon said the military forces detained a four-year-old boy in Ahlone Township on Tuesday in place of his father to obtain information on an armed opposition group.
According to reports, around 20 military forces in civilian clothes raided the boy’s preschool and forced the staff to hand him over after failing to find his father, accused of supporting the people’s defense forces (PDF).
“Both the lives of mother and child are in danger,” the National Unity Government (NUG) said.
NUG human rights minister U Aung Myo Min said Child Law states that under-10-year-old children cannot commit any offense.
“He did nothing and he is just a child. Arresting the boy after failing to find his parent is totally unacceptable,” the minister added.
The Yangon’s People Strike group also expressed concern for the boy and his mother.
“We are deeply concerned that the young boy and his mother will be subjected to the junta’s inhumane torture which may endanger their lives,” the group said.
The boy’s mother was reportedly been in a military interrogation center, but her son’s location is unknown.
Meantime, Yangon residents took to social media to raise concerns over the safety of the child hostage.
In February, the military forces seized about 20 children in Chauk Township, Magwe Region, and killed a four-year-old in Pauk Township on March 6 in the same region.
The NUG condemned the killing of children and the abduction of children as proxies to punish or torment their families.
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