The Burmese army is forcibly recruiting children to cover gaps left by a lack of adult recruits, says a report by a US-based human rights organisation.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says children as young as 10 are beaten or threatened with arrest to make them enlist.
Both the army and ethnic rebels have been accused of using children before.
But the timing of this report is particularly damaging for the military, which is already under pressure after a crackdown on anti-government protests.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007