Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Swaziland
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|Cite as||Child Soldiers International, Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Swaziland, 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/498805ca28.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND
Mainly covers the period June 1998 to April 2001 as well as including some earlier information.
– total: 980,000
– under-18s: 488,000
- Government armed forces:
– active: 2,700
- Compulsory recruitment age: no conscription
- Voluntary recruitment age: 18
- Voting age (government elections): 18
- Child soldiers: none indicated
- CRC-OP-CAC: not signed
- Other treaties ratified: CRC; GC/API+II
- There are no indications of under-18s in government armed forces.
National Recruitment Legislation and Practice
The government has stated that there is no conscription in Swaziland and that military service is on a voluntary basis.1817 According to information received by UNICEF from the Ministry of Defence, the minimum age for recruitment and conscription is 18 years. Recruitment is regulated by the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Order of 1977.
1817 Report of the Secretary-General, UN Doc. E/CN.4/1997/99, op. cit.