Youth League (Lesotho)

Country: Lesotho
Details of Formation: created by the ruling Basutho National Party of Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan
Details of Termination: Terminated with military coup that ended two decades of increasingly autocratic rule by this tiny nation's Prime Minister, Chief Leabua Jonathan, to whom this group was loyal to.
Purpose: The militia was a militant wing of the Basotho National Party and was used by the prime minister Chief Leabua Jonathan against the military and political opposition. In 1986, the military overthrew him in a coup.
Organisation: The militia was aligned with the Basotho National Party. There is no information on its command structures.
Weapons and Training: The militia was trained by North Koreans located in Lesotho.
Size: No information.
Reason for Membership: No information.
Treatment of Civilians: Militia members tortured political opponents to secure prime minister Jonathan’s hold on to power.
Other Information: Trained by North Korea
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.