Country report and updates: Lesotho

Lesotho

28/07/1998

1 Conscription

conscription does not exist

Lesotho has no conscription. [1]

recruitment

Apparently, enlistment in the Royal Lesotho Defence Force (RLDF) is voluntary.

2 Conscientious objection

There is no known legal provision for conscientious objection.

3 Desertion

No information available.

6 Annual statistics

Lesotho's armed forces, the RLDF, are 2,000-strong - 0.1 percent of the population. [2]

Sources

[1] Eide, A., C. Mubanga-Chipoya 1985. Conscientious objection to military service, report prepared in pursuance of resolutions 14 (XXXIV) and 1982/30 of the Sub-Commission of Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. United Nations, New York. [2] Institute for Strategic Studies 1997. Military Balance 1997/98. ISS, London, UK.