Problem

Extra-legal conscription

Other Names:
Impressment into military service
Pressgang
Incidence:
Forced recruitment of indigenous peasant youths into the armed forces was said to be widespread in Guatemala in 1990. The young men were seized by heavily armed men, sometimes in uniform, sometimes in plainclothes, often using army vehicles, and families were often not informed. When young men who had been considered disappeared by their relatives were eventually located in army bases, members of the military reportedly claimed that they were simply serving their normal military service.
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Subject(s):
Military
Legality
Date of last update
12.06.2018 – 03:59 CEST