The Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA) of Paraguay today requested the holding of a session of the National Congress and the Senate to discuss a bill that aims to repeal the fines imposed on those who evade the Mandatory Military Service Law (SMO) , in force since 1975.
Specifically, the bill was introduced by two senators of the Democratic Progressive Party who argue that the rule is "unconstitutional" because it imposes fees on conscientious objectors who refuse to participate in military training, according to the Senate today. a statement.
The request will be put to the consideration of the members of the Permanent Commission of the National Congress to give rise to the convocation, since the Parliament is in the summer recess.
The president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, spoke on this matter today, who acknowledged to the media that the Compulsory Military Service Law is still valid and that his Government is seeking incentives to guarantee compliance.
"We want to work on incentives to promote compliance with the law and not in a coercive way, in fact there are no penalties today for non-compliance," the president told the media during an event held at a military academy in Capiatá (Central Department ).
Regarding the imposition of fines on conscientious objectors, Abdo Benítez explained that no penalty is established in case they are not paid and recalled that the proceeds go to the Armed Forces.
"It is a tool where we can all contribute to strengthen the operational capacity of the Armed Forces that need more investment," he added.
The president valued military service as a "very important tool" so that young people can be trained and "nourished by culture and knowledge".
Military service is mandatory in Paraguay for all men between 17 and 20 years old, according to a law passed in 1975, during Alfredo Stroessner's dictator.
Once the youth have completed the period of military training, they are considered to be members of the Army reserve until they reach 50 years of age.
In 2010, another law passed regulating the exercise of the right to conscientious objection "for ethical or religious reasons".