Mozambique: Information on whether university graduates are obligated to perform public service or national service in rural areas controlled by former RENAMO rebels, and if such service is obligatory, are there any grounds for exemption or penalties for non-compliance
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 February 1996|
|Citation / Document Symbol||MOZ22719.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Mozambique: Information on whether university graduates are obligated to perform public service or national service in rural areas controlled by former RENAMO rebels, and if such service is obligatory, are there any grounds for exemption or penalties for non-compliance, 1 February 1996, MOZ22719.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aad58.html [accessed 26 January 2015]|
The following information was obtained in a telephone interview on 22 February 1996 with an official at the Embassy of Mozambique in Washington, DC.
According to the official, the programme requiring public service by university students following graduation is not in effect, although the law has not been repealed. During the past 10 years university graduates have not been required to do public service. The official was unaware of any penalties for non-compliance when the programme was in effect, but employment may have been difficult to obtain because the state largely controlled the economy at that time.
Additional and/or corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Embassy of Mozambique, Washington, DC. 22 February 1996. Telephone interview with official.
Additional Sources Consulted
Africa Confidential. 1995-1996.
Africa Research Bulletin. 1995-1996.
The Europa World Year Book 1995.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) daily reports.
Human Rights Watch World Report 1996. 1995.
The World of Learning. 1994.
On-line searches of media reports (NEXIS).