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.
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 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. Continue reading Swedish Parliament Rejects Ban on Eritrea Diaspora Tax→
The African Union has been struggling to find adequate finance to pay for its activities for as long as its existence. The annual contributions from the Member States only cover a fraction of its expenses. Up to 96% of the programme budget of the organs of the Union is hence covered by donations from external sources.
There is consensus that the existing model of financing is unpredictable and exposes the union to undue external interferences. Accordingly, the need to secure “adequate, reliable and predictable financing” has been on the agenda since the days of the OAU.