Eritrea ranked number 1 in the worst countries for child labour
The Child Labour Index 2014 evaluates the frequency and severity of reported child labour incidents, as well as the performance of governments in preventing child labour and ensuring the accountability of perpetrators. Child Labour is the employment of children(Age 5-17) in an industry or business, especially when illegal or considered exploitative.Every year around 20,000 Eritreans aged between 17 and 50 years are forced to enrol in ‘national service’ to serve the country's political regime.
Citizens are required to work for unspecified periods, in slave-like conditions, or face incarceration in Eritrea's notorious prison system, where detainees are seldom released. The recent Human Rights Watch report titled “Hear No Evil: Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Eritrea’s Mining Sector,” described the so called ‘National Service’ as “widespread exploitation of forced labor”.
The report went on to say that the "National service conscripts are often subjected to torture and other abusive forms of discipline. Many are forced to endure unhealthy living conditions and paltry remuneration that equates to just a few U.S. dollars per month. Conscripts who attempt to escape face imprisonment, torture, and other forms of human rights abuse. Their family members also face harassment and reprisal"
What is being practised in Eritrea is not national service but an indefinite forced labour under conditions that are tantamount to that of slavery. National Slavery in Eritrea must stop! Full stop!!
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