A Norwegian delegation in tour in Eritrea says National Service in Eritrea to be limited to 18 months

A Norwegian delegation in tour in Eritrea says National Service in Eritrea to be limited to 18 months

Radio Erena: 10 June 2015


A Norwegian delegation in tour in the Eritrean capital of Asmara tells the Eritrean officials that more investigations need to be conducted before deporting those Eritrean immigrants whose asylum applications have been rejected by the Norwegian government.

The delegation, led by the country’s Secretary of Justice – Joran Kallmyr, also says that his team got permission from the Eritrean government to have human rights experts conduct thorough investigation on the country’s reported human rights abuses.

Mr. Kallmyr pointed out that based on his meetings with various Eritrean officials; Eritrea is to return the endless national service program, which has reportedly become the main cause of emigration, to its original 18-month-long national program.


Kallmyr has further noted that he was given an insight on the newly drafted criminal law in the country by the Minister of Justice – Fozia Hashim. Based on his meeting with Ms. Hashim, Kallmyr praised Eritrea for introducing lawfulness, but, he said, that more needs to be done in regards to operations in the independent civil courts.

Kallmyr, who was able to walk freely in the streets of the capital Asmara, said it is wrong to compare Eritrea with North Korea.

The right-wing delegation of the Norwegian government that included Norway’s Ambassador to Sudan made a three-day-visit to Eritrea.

The Norwegian government has reportedly ruled to deport those rejected Eritrean asylum-seekers back to their county and Minister Kallmyr has confirmed that his country is working on implementing that ruling.

Norway grants 90% of Eritrean asylum-seekers but has ruled to deport those rejected back to Eritrea.

The visit that has been reported to be successful by the delegation has been denounced by the left-wing politicians in the country saying it is not only unacceptable to build partnership with the government with high record of human rights violations but also inhumane to return those rejected Eritrean asylum-seekers back to their tormenter.

In Eritrea today, there are thousands of people who have been imprisoned for their beliefs alone, report many Norwegian media outlets.

According to the media outlets that report on the delegation’s visit to Eritrea, there are many journalists and former government officials, who sought reform, in jail today and that the Eritreans government is still not ready for change.