Radio Erena: 21 April 2015
The Eritrean government is preparing to take all women between the ages of 18 and 45 for a forced military training.
According to the news that has been confirmed by Radio Erena sources, local authorities in the capital Asmara have posted notices calling all women between that age group who are eligible for a military training but never done it, to report to their respective local administrations.
The government has previously enforced a month-long military training on all men up to the age of 65.
Although the government is disseminating rumors that it has plans to bring down the endless national service back to its original 18 months long, it is seen to force every Eritrean national to take the military training regardless of their age and marital status.
In response to a recent inquiry by the representatives of the European Union while visiting Eritrea regarding the endless national service which has been believed to be the main cause of emigration, the director of the PFDJ’s political affairs and advisor to the president – Yeman Gebreab, pointed out that the government is working on bringing down the national service back to 18 months and that it will be put in to effective after 2016.
The representatives, however, are pushing the government to publish an official statement to the public.
It is to be noted that the Eritrean government has been violating human rights of innocent citizens under the disguise of the national service.