A sign reading "please solve our problem" is displayed on August 4, 2015 outside an Emmaus-run assistance center for migrants housed in a former detention center in Paris which has been occupied by its residents since dawn. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD
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Eritrea's claims it has ended indefinite national service are untrue and refugees arriving in Europe should not be labelled economic migrants, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday, warning of "persistent atrocities" in the Horn of Africa country.There was no immediate response from Asmara to Amnesty's report, but Eritrea has defended the conscriptions from which some 5,000 people flee each month, saying it has "no other choice" given the threat from long-standing enemy Ethiopia.Amnesty dismissed Asmara's claims it had limited compulsory military service to 18 months, an announcement seized on by some in Europe to argue that Eritreans can now safely be sent home.Under Eritrean law, conscription is limited to 18 months, but Asmara says it has to rely on its people to defend it from Ethiopia, from whom it broke away from in 1991 after a brutal 30-year independence struggle.
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