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Niger:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Nigerien Armed Forces (Forces Armees Nigeriennes, FAN): Army, Niger Air Force (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age for compulsory military service; 2-year conscript service obligation (2006)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 2,871,868
females age 16-49: 2,696,966 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 1,665,108
females age 16-49: 1,548,965 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 150,728
females age 16-49: 143,379 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
1.3% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
Libya claims about 25,000 sq km in a currently dormant dispute in the Tommo region; much of Benin-Niger boundary, including tripoint with Nigeria, remains undemarcated; only Nigeria and Cameroon have heeded the Lake Chad Commission's admonition to ratify the delimitation treaty which also includes the Chad-Niger and Niger-Nigeria boundaries
Trafficking in persons
Definition
current situation: Niger is a source, transit, and destination country for children and women trafficked for forced labor and sexual exploitation; caste-based slavery practices, rooted in ancestral master-slave relationships, continue in isolated areas of the country - an estimated 8,800 to 43,000 Nigeriens live under conditions of traditional slavery; children are trafficked within Niger for forced begging, forced labor in gold mines, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, and possibly for forced labor in agriculture and stone quarries; women and children from neighboring states are trafficked to and through Niger for domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, forced labor in mines and on farms, and as mechanics and welders
tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Niger is on the Tier 2 Watch List for its failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to eliminate trafficking in 2007; in particular, measures to combat and eliminate traditional slavery practices were weak; the government's overall law enforcement efforts have stalled from 2006; while efforts to protect child trafficking victims were steady, the government failed to provide services to or rescue adult victims subjected to traditional slavery practices, and made poor efforts to educate the public about traditional slavery practices in general (2008)


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