Europe accused of financing Eritrean project based on ‘forced labour’

Campaigners say €20m EU scheme uses recruits from Eritrea’s national service, a system likened to mass enslavement

Eritreans in exile have launched legal proceedings against the EU, accusing it of financing a scheme in Eritrea that uses “forced labour”.

The Netherlands-based Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (FHRE) has called on the EU to immediately stop a €20m (£17m) road construction project, which it says violates human rights law as well as the EU’s own charter, since it uses national service recruits.

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Europe accused of financing Eritrean project based on ‘forced labour’