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Dutch Action Against Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires is Unwarranted and Unacceptable

The designation of Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires as persona non grata constitutes an arbitrary and provocative act that has no consonance with the Vienna Protocol on Diplomatic Relations

Eritrea is considering to take appropriate reciprocal measures against the Dutch government to partially redress the wrong.

BY MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

On Tuesday last week, the Dutch Foreign Ministry expelled Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires to the country, Mr. Tekeste Ghebremedhin, invoking untenable explanations for its unacceptable act.

The letter that the Minister of Foreign Affairs sent to the Dutch Parliament on the case indeed illustrates the banality of the whole affair. Continue reading Dutch Action Against Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires is Unwarranted and Unacceptable

Netherlands Expels Eritrea’s Chargé d’Affaires

The cabinet acknowledges that no judge has as yet recorded proof of wrongful or punishable offenses by the Eritrean embassy office in The Hague. The decision is political.

Put up or shut up. Eritrea challenged the Swiss government to prove “a single case” with veracious evidence if any of the Embassy staff members has ever intimidated, threatened or in any form harassed an Eritrean citizen to make him/her coercively pay the voluntary 2% tax. It couldn’t. The gov’t knows its deceptive allegations has no legal legs to stand.

BY RUETERS

The Dutch government has told the highest representative of Eritrea in the Netherlands to leave the country, minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra said on Wednesday.

Tekeste Ghebremedhin Zemuy has been declared persona non grata, Zijlstra wrote in a letter to parliament, as the government saw mounting evidence [not corroborated by the Dutch police] of Eritrea continuing to force tax payments from people who fled the country. Continue reading Netherlands Expels Eritrea’s Chargé d’Affaires

Eritrean Diaspora: Home is Where the Heart Lies

A devoted Eritrean patriot, Professor Ghideon Abay

BY BILLION TEMESGHEN | ERITREA PROFILE

It is rare for any community in the diaspora to be spiritually linked to the homeland as much as the Eritrean diaspora. We try to understand why and how while talking to Professor Ghideon Abay.

Professor Ghideon is a highly regarded professor in the United States. Born and raised in Eritrea, the professor left in the late 1970s. A devoted Eritrean patriot, Professor Ghideon Abay is our guest for this edition. We analyze the strong bond Eritrean Diaspora keeps to its homeland: its meaning and importance. Continue reading Eritrean Diaspora: Home is Where the Heart Lies

The Wrongful Characterization of 2% Eritrean ‘Diaspora Tax’ by Media in the Netherlands

Stunning Hypocrisy. There has been not a single case of intimidation, threat or harassment reported to the Dutch police in respect of the 2% Diaspora tax. Then, would it be too much to advise Dutch media outlets either to put up or shut up?

BY HAILE HABTEGABER

The first obligation of good journalism is to the truth based on verifiable facts. Of course, the journalist may be biased due to own personal believes. But he/she cannot be allowed to get away with being dishonest with the facts.

And to demonstrate this obligation, he/she should lay down the verifiable facts for the interlocking public to make its own informed decision about the truth in terms of the context, interpretation, comment, criticism and debate. I concede, to be interested and take part in good faith for the furtherance of the lives people is legitimate. Continue reading The Wrongful Characterization of 2% Eritrean ‘Diaspora Tax’ by Media in the Netherlands

Eritrea and Netherlands Foreign Ministers Held Talks

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh held talks on August 23 in The Hague with his Netherlands counterpart, Mr. Bert Koenders, on re-establishment of diplomatic relations and 2% tax levy.

By Shabait,

Eritrea’s foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh, held talks on August 23 in The Hague with the Netherlands counterpart, Mr. Bert Koenders, regarding the establishment of diplomatic relations and other topics.

In the meeting, Mr. Osman underlined that Eritrea believes and is working to develop constructive diplomatic engagement and mutual cooperation. Continue reading Eritrea and Netherlands Foreign Ministers Held Talks

Taxes: Talk of Double Standard and Stunning Hypocrisy

Eritrea is hounded, ostracized, and even sanctioned for collecting its relatively modest 2% expat tax while no one dares to offer even a peep of criticism when the U.S. imposed its monstrous 39.6% federal tax on expat Americans. Does the word hypocrisy ring a bell?

By MINA,

This story may unnerve you… It’s the story of how Eritrea, a small, mostly unheard-of country in East Africa, and the United States, do the same awful thing.

Nearly every country in the world bases its tax system on residency rather than citizenship. If you’re an Italian citizen, and you leave Italy to live and work in Dubai, you don’t have to pay taxes on the income you earn abroad to the Italian government.

But Eritrea levies a 2% flat tax on its citizens who live abroad. If you’re an Eritrean citizen, you have to pay taxes to the Eritrean government, no matter where you live and work.

The media has condemned this as “extortion” and a “repressive” measure by an “authoritarian” government.

The UN has even weighed in. In Resolution 2023, the UN Security Council condemned Eritrea for “using extortion, threats of violence, fraud and other illicit means to collect taxes outside of Eritrea from its nationals.” Continue reading Taxes: Talk of Double Standard and Stunning Hypocrisy

Impressions of Swiss Politicians Visiting Eritrea

Four politicians from Switzerland are making a controversial trip to Eritrea. These politicians who are currently touring different parts of Eritrea wanted to see it by themselves what they have been hearing about the country from the media. These are : Thomas Aeschi (SVP / ZG), Yvonne Feri (SP / AG), Claude Béglé (CVP / VD) and the Green Aargauer Councillor Susanne Hochuli.

Others who were ready to travel but later renounced their participation and start criticizing the journey includes SP Councillor Pascale Bruderer and the National Christian Wasserfallen (FDP / BE). The big question remains: Can they really made it to the country at all and give an accurate picture if the country is really a totalitarian dictatorship?

The following is an impression of Thomas Aeschi, (37) from Zuger SVP-National, of his trip, exclusively for Blick.


“Eritrea is not Hell!”

Swiss politicians on Eritrea tour: Susanne Hochuli, Yvonne Feri, Thomas Aeschi, and Claude Béglé.

By Thomas Aeschi (SVP / ZG),

For years, asylum seekers from Eritrea occupy the top spot in the Swiss asylum statistics. Nevertheless, no one seems to be interested in Eritrea at large: Neither federal councilors, parliamentary delegations, and even high-ranking officials who visited Eritrea in recent years.

Since it was announced that Swiss politician traveling these days for meetings with Eritrean government officials, foreign ambassadors, the ICRC and locals inside Eritrea, the excitement is great. As one of the travelers, what can I [understand] after a week with of many discussions with different interlocutors?

Surprisingly, there is a large consensus among the interlocutors to rule that the vast majority of Eritrean arrivals in Europe can be described as “economic migrants”. Continue reading Impressions of Swiss Politicians Visiting Eritrea