Ethiopia: Updated information on evasion of military conscription
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 February 1991|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ETH7668|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ethiopia: Updated information on evasion of military conscription, 1 February 1991, ETH7668, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac1f17.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
According to Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1989, the government of Ethiopia, following a military setback in Tigray, embarked on a campaign of forced conscription of teenagers, especially in the months of April and May. According to this source, the campaign intensified in November and "some youths who resisted conscription were shot" (110). An Amnesty International Report on "Political Imprisonment in Ethiopia" (AI Index: 25/01/89), states that although national military service is compulsory for men between 18-30 years of age, there have been instances when men of a much younger age have been conscripted. The report claims that "the penalty for evading conscription is imprisonment for up to 10 years after trial by an ordinary court" (Ibid). An article on Human Rights in Ethiopia, published by Documentation-Réfugiés, corroborates the information given above. For detailed information on conscription in Ethiopia, please refer to the attached article.
Documentation -Réfugiés. "Les Droits de l'Homme en Ethiopie".
U.S. Department of State. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1989. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Amnesty International. "Political Imprisonment in Ethiopia". (AI Index: 25/01/89).
Documentation -Réfugiés. [Paris]. 31 Août/9 Septembre 1990. "Les Droits de l'Homme en Ethiopie".