DAVID MATAS, a well-known international human rights lawyer and activist who regularly speaks to the press on behalf of Eritrean refugees in Canada is drawing criticism from people who say they are troubled by the Winnipeg-based lawyer’s militant public support for the state of Israel.
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Eritreans residing in Israel today receive no social assistance and live under constant threat of arrest and deportation. Described as infiltrators by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, they are not recognized as refugees and often live without any rights. Continue reading David Matas and the Case of Human Rights Hypocrisy→
The absurdity of the complaints is simply ridiculous. The consulate is not contacting any of these individuals and soliciting funds for 2% or otherwise. If any individual voluntarily contacts the Consulate and inquires on his/her requirements for receiving benefits or services as an Eritrean citizen, the consulate has no choice but to inform them of the requirements and direct them on how they can fulfill these requirements. How in the world can this be considered ‘extortion’ and ‘intimidation’?
Diaspora Eritreans are expressing their outrage over Canada’s Conservative Government for its unethical, arbitrary and unfair handling of the Eritrean 2% Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax (aka ‘Diaspora Tax’).
The coordinated campaigns and concerted media pressure against the voluntary tax are seen to be not only denying the right of Eritreans with dual citizenship in the promotion of development projects in their country of origin, but is also discriminator in practice. It appears the Government is seeking a ruse that would lead to severing the shaky diplomatic relations with Eritrea. Continue reading Is Canada Looking for Excuses to Sever ties with Eritrea?→
ON JUNE 6th, the Subcommittee on International Human rights invited Mr. Lloyd Lipsett, an expert and author of the Human Right Impact Assessment on Bisha Mine and Todd Romaine, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibilities for Nevsun Resources, to discuss the Human Rights situation in association with the Bisha mine on Eritrea.
After being given the chance to cross examine the presenters, the lawmakers acknowledged the discrepancy between the past reports on Eritrea and the ones being presented by the two presenters.
THE Chairman of the Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations, Mr. Lambros Kyriakakos, appear yesterday before the subcommittee on International Human Rights at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa to discuss the human rights situation in Eritrea.