UN Calls for End to Eritrea's Indefinite National Service

Sheila Keetharuth says there have been no improvements in Eritrea's human rights situation since she began her mandate as Special Rapporteur six years ago.

Eritrea's system of indefinite national service often lasts for decades. The conscripts include boys and girls as young as 16, as well as the elderly who are used as forced labour.

Two young Eritreans wait to board a ferry at Samos Island, Greece. Growing numbers of Eritreans are seeking asylum in Europe.


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