Forced Labour in Eritrea: in Light of the HRW Report on Mining Companies

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Fri Feb 1 2013, 17:46:30

Through the "Warsay-Yikealo program" launched in 2002, forced free labour has been institutionalized and remains the main supplier of the bulk labour force for the Eritrean Economy. Thus all sectors and almost all economic activities are dependent on free forced labour. ...

Strategies were designed to effectively lock up the whole population in the forced free labour and put the economy under the absolute monopoly of the ruling party and military. To enforce this, the forced free labour policy, all the productive human resources were put under the control, ownership and administration of the ministry of defense. No individual has control and choice on his/her fate. He or she is the property of the government /ministry of defense. All government and party institutions and companies use forced free labour assigned to them by the ministry of defense. It is the ministry of defense's responsibility to assign people to the various sectors and ministries.

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