A rights group says Eritrean army conscripts are used on an EU-funded road-building project.
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Image caption National service in Eritrea is supposed to last 18 months but it can continue indefinitely, rights groups say

Eritrean human rights activists have accused the EU of funding a scheme in Eritrea that uses "forced labour".

The EU is backing a road-building project as part of its programme to stem migration from Africa into Europe.

But it says it will carefully monitor the work to make sure that people are "adequately" paid and treated well.

National service recruits will be used and the Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (FHRE) says conscripts are "trapped for an indefinite period".

FHRE has threatened to sue the EU over violating its human rights charter.