Swedish Parliament Rejects Ban on Eritrea Diaspora Tax

Swedish-Eritrean citizen holding a sign that reads "I pay 2% with joy and Pride"
Swedish-Eritrean citizen holding a sign that reads “I pay 2% with joy and Pride”

By TesfaNews,

The unrelenting attempt by certain Swedish parliamentarians to criminalize the 2% Eritrea Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax Commonly known as the ‘Diaspora Tax’ has been rejected by the Swedish parliament, Riksdag, once and for all.

The controversy begins when the Justice committee, Justitieutskottet, voted two years ago on two motions tabled by Eritrean-Swed Parliamentarian Arhe Hamednaca (S) (motion 2012/13:Ju340) and by Fredrik Malm (FP) (motion 2013/14:Ju358) that proposes for a complete ban on taxation of Eritrean citizens resident in Sweden by Eritrea claiming that the practice amounted to extortion. They take the lopsided reports of the UN Monitoring Group at face value to back up their claims.

However, according to prosecutor Krister Petersson, there is no crime called collection of taxes and the preliminary investigation on a number of the allegations cases has been closed since December 2013 for lack of “substantiated violations.”

Several governments levy various types of taxes from their citizens who reside abroad. So Eritrea’s practices are not outside of established norms as they are governed by explicit and transparent laws.

The 2% tax levied on Eritrean citizens living abroad was inspired by the Eritrean communities in diaspora during Eritrean referendum process. It was later enacted by the National Assembly in 1994 under the 2% Tax Form Proclamation No 17/1991 & 67/1995 to encourage Eritreans in the Diaspora to contribute to the rehabilitation of their country that have devastated by three decades of war for national independence and freedom.

As in any other taxation system, there are certain consequences, clearly stipulated in the law that are applicable in case of unjustified 2% tax evasions but none through extra-judicial means. Some of the explicit administrative measures consist of denial of specific entitlements and services (for example land allocation etc.) to those directly accountable.

The Riksdag decision to reject the motion is therefore inconformity with the said policies and normative practices of the Eritrean Government.

As stipulated in the summary of the final decision by Swedish Riksdag,

It can be stated that under international law, it is permissible for a State to tax citizens residing abroad. However, it is not permissible for a state to take action without the consent of the territory of another State to recover the fund. If these measures include criminal documents, it must of course be prosecuted and punished. The foregoing means that if the representative of Eritrea in the recovery order acting in a criminal way (eg with unlawful stalking, blackmail or threats) against someone in Sweden should be handled by the judiciary in the context of current legislation. It should be emphasized that for this type of behavior to come to the attention of the authorities normally requires that he affected police reports it. It does not see the need for any new laws to address criminal activity for the specific context of the Eritrean tax collection. The Committee therefore proposes that Parliament rejects motions 2012/13″

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Swedish Riksdag Decision

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There are signs that shows a slight improvement in the soared relation between Eritrea and Sweden as of late despite no change in their main bone of contention: the arrest of Eritrea-Sweden journalist Dawit Issac on grounds of treason charges. Recently though, Eritrea appointed an ambassador to Sweden for the first time in 9 years and Sweden appointed Germany’s ambassador to Eritrea, Viktor Richter, as its Honorary Consul in Asmara.

19 thoughts on “Swedish Parliament Rejects Ban on Eritrea Diaspora Tax

  1. Love The Truth; The immoral, ignoble, lying individuals might have it their way for a brief second, but throughout time their lies will eventually be exposed, as the truth will always prevail at the end.

    Thanks Tesfa News, for your Excellent work as usual.

  2. Eritrea scoring points everywhere these days. Improved relations between eritrea and sweden means the eritrean sellouts are going to be left out in the cold where they belong.
    Good job deki Ere of Sweden. I am thinking you did some heavy lobbying campaign and it paid off. l
    Wetru Awet N'hafash wdket 'Feshfash.

    1. Of course he would. Let that traitor and his associates hang themselves now. The barking of a banch of dogs never stop the progress of our Camel. Who cares to whom should I give my own money. The truth always prevails. Nkid tray deki Ere.

    2. Azieb
      Arhe Hamednaka is nothing but an illiterate politician want to be idiot who did nothing for Eritrea beside going from one wedding party to another and talk about ethnic politics. He fits right in with the ethnocentric Woyane regime and therefore you cant expect anything out of people with absolute zero moral values.

      The Swedish government finally realized that Woyane's allegation of Eritrea using the 2% tax to help terrorists is nothing but a fabricated propaganda similar to the staged criminal allegations against the Swedish journalists who were jailed by the Woyane regime. It takes time for the truth to come out and those who believe in fairness and the truth will eventually listen and do the right thing.

      Long live Eritrea and its people

  3. Teawet Genbar Sweden. I hear The meron and the rest of the Kedemti are already crying lolll.

    Its True Tesfanews:" A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. "

  4. I believe government of Sweden knows well that there is no connection between 2% tax and somalia. Specially in light of the revelation by top American diplomatic establishments that voiced their confirmation that there is no real or perceived Eritrea connection with Al-Shababa or ICU in Somalia since 2009, the execuses used by this crazy parlamentarians to back up their motion is therefore holds no water at the top.

    The above affirmation make it null and void all reports and accusations made by the disgraceful UN Monitoring group in the past 4 years. Unusually, the group mention only in one paragraph to Eritrea in its 2013 report and that is about their meeting in Paris with Eritrean officials shows the accusations are all now null and void.

    Therefore, one would ask, why is Canada provoks the misguided UN monitoring report to stop the tax? If the report is false by the above affirmations, all its accusations were mere false and politically motivated. Ginbar Canada, here you have an assignment to challenge Canada. I can not wait to see Canada too submited.

    Awetna Nay G'Dn Eyu

    1. I agree with you Selam!!

      I,M So Sorry for Arhe ,what the waste of time and self respect .I call them ERi Phobics.Cheap mentality Cheap thinkers.The truth will prevail ,and prevailing anyways .I love to say this ,there is pitch dark before the sun rise.Eritrea is fling freely like eagle and prospering.The ERi phobics can not handle it to bad so sad. Awet N Hfash Zelealem Zikry n Siwaatna Wdket n feshfashat.Thanks Web Adm

  5. Tesfanew, I like the quote. "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
    It should be 5%. There is no crime when individuals are voluntary paying to develop their motherland.

  6. (VOA): ኣብ ሽወደን፡ 2% ቀረጽ ኤርትራውያን ንምኽልካል ዝቐረበ ሓሳብ፡ ፓርላማ`ታ ሃገር ነጺግዎ

    By Tewelde Weldegebriel,

    ፓርላማ ሽወደን፡ ነቲ ንድፊ ዝነጸገሉ ምኽንያት፡ ዝኾነት ሃገር ንዜጋታታ ቀረጽ ክተኽፍል፡ ኣህጉራዊ ሕጊ ዝፈቕዶ`ዩ ዝብል`ዩ።

    ነቲ ናይ ምኽልካል ሃሳብ ዘቕረቡ ኣባል ፓርላማን ንመንግስቲ ኤርትራ ዝነቕፉን ኣቶ ኣርሐ ሓመድናካ ግና፡ ኢምባሲ ኤርትራ፡ ብተዘዋዋሪ ንዜጋታቱ 2% ክኸፍሉ ከምዘገድድ ንኣባላት ፓርላማ ሽወደን ኣብ ምርዳእ ምስራሕ ኸድልየና`ዩ ይብል። “ቀደሙ`ውን ኢምባሲ ኤርትራ ገዛ ገዛ እናኸደ ቀረጽ የኽፍል ኣሎ ኣይበልናን”

    ምስ ኣቶ ኣርሐ ሓመድናካ ዝተኻየደ ቃለ-መጠይቕ ኣብ`ዚ ምስማዕ ይክኣል፡


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