Country report and updates: Mauritius

Last revision: 30 Jul 1998
30 Jul 1998

1 Conscription

conscription does not exist

Mauritius has no armed forces, except for two paramilitary forces: a special mobile force and a coast guard. [5]

There is no conscription and no conscription law. [1] [2] [3] [4]


The minimum recruitment age for the paramilitary forces is 18. [6]

2 Conscientious objection

There is no legal provision for conscientious objection.

The government stated in 1992 and 1994 that "Mauritius does not have any system of military service and therefore the issue of conscientious objection does not arise". [2] [3]

6 Annual statistics

The paramilitary forces comprise 1,800 troops - 0.2 percent of the population. [5]


[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] UN Commission on Human Rights 1992. Report of the Secretary-General prepared pursuant to Commission resolution 1991/65 (and 3 Addendums). United Nations, Geneva. [3] UN Commission on Human Rights 1994. Report of the Secretary-General prepared pursuant to Commission resolution 1993/84 (and Addendum). United Nations, Geneva. [4] Embassy of Mauritius in Brussels 1996. Reply to CONCODOC questionnaire, Brussels, 19 July 1996. [5] Institute for Strategic Studies 1997. Military Balance 1997/98. ISS, London, UK. [6] Mauritius Mission to the United Nations 1998. Letter to the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva, 21 January 1998.