Informe sobre el país: Nepal

Ultima revisión: 14 Abr 1998
14 Abr 1998

1 Conscription

conscription does not exist

Conscription has never existed in Nepal.

There are no known plans to introduce conscription, as voluntary applications to join the armed forces are sufficient to achieve the requisite number of recruits.

There are no known laws to provide for conscription in time of emergency or wartime. [2]

The government stated in 1994 that recruitment into the Royal Nepalese Army service is carried out with the consent of the concerned person and that forced recruitment is not allowed by law in Nepal. [1]


Legal enlistment age is between 18 and 23.

Officially enlistment into the armed forces is open to all Nepalese, regardless of caste, religion or ethnic background. However, most recruits are drawn from the ethnic and caste groups in the mountainous areas and the Kathmandu valley. The authorities assume these groups are not likely to feel any loyalty towards India. These groups also formed the traditional pool of recruits when Nepal was under British rule. Residents in the Taria region, the so-called 'midlanders', have actually complained about official recruitment. They constitute some 40 percent of the population, but are underrepresented in the armed forces and police. [2]

2 Conscientious objection

There is no known legal provision for conscientious objection.

3 Desertion

No information available.

6 Annual statistics

The armed forces are 46,000-strong - that is, 0.20 percent of the population. [4]


[1] UN Commission on Human Rights 1994. Report of the Secretary-General prepared pursuant to Commission resolution 1993/84 (and Addendum). United Nations, Geneva. [2] US Library of Congress 1991. Nepal - a country study. Area Handbooks, State Department, Washington DC. [3] Hutt, Michael (ed.) 1994. Nepal in the Nineties: Versions of the past, visions of the future. Oxford University Press, Delhi. [4] Institute for Strategic Studies 1997. Military Balance 1997/98. ISS, London.

Recent stories on conscientious objection: Nepal

01 Jun 2009

The Kathmandu Post informó el 19 de mayo acerca de un informe de un subcomité de la Asamblea Constituyente de Nepal que recomienda la introducción del servicio militar obligatorio. Según la recomendación, todos l@s ciudadan@s nepalíes capaces serían reclutad@s para el ejército a los 18 años. L@s reclutas tendrían que someterse a un entrenamiento militar obligatorio por un período de dos años.

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