NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A human rights organization says Eritrea’s secondary schools are at the heart of its repressive system of control over its population.
In a new report, “They Are Making us Into Slaves, Not Educating Us: How indefinite conscription restricts young people’s rights, access to education,” Human Rights Watch said Friday the system subjects both students and teachers to forced labor and physical abuse causing many to flee.
The report says the Eritrean government forcibly channels thousands of young people, some still children, each year into military training even before they finish their schooling.
Hundreds of Eritreans are suffering in the detention facilities in Libya run by militia. Others are among waves of migrants from across Africa who have flowed into Libya in recent years seeking passage across the Mediterranean to Europe.