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National Service Slavery in Eritrea must stop! Full stop!!

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National Service Slavery in Eritrea must stop! Full stop!!

The fact that the Eritrean National Service has become bondage of slavery that the regime subjects every citizen to comes as no news to Eritreans. Every Eritrean household has been blighted by the devastating impacts of the practice that only allows Eritreans to exit either through death or exile. 

It is well documented that the youth constitute the vast majority of those who leave the country. This is hardly surprising since the indefinite national service targets mainly the youth. The National Service has degenerated into forced labor and is threatening to destroy the very fabric of the Eritrean society.

The Lampedusa tragedy, the Sinai atrocities, the crisis in Telaviv and Libya as well as the extreme hardships in the refugee camps across the Horn of Africa are all results of the indefinite and compulsory nature of the national service. 

This is why we are saying: National Service Slavery in Eritrea must stop! Full stop!!

As members of the Eritrean diaspora we have a responsibility to ensure that it stops; as Eritreans we have double responsibility to voice the plight of our peers and as nationals and residents of European countries we have the opportunity to call for an end to the slavery of our brothers and sisters.

Over the next six months we will be lobbying our respective governments and then the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of our counterparts in Eritrea.

Please sign the Petition and help us make this an effective campaign.
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