MONDAY April 13, was the 13th anniversary of the ruling of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC), and the continued illegal occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories by Ethiopia since then. Also, it’s been well over five years since the US engineered unjust sanctions at the UN Security Council against Eritrea in late 2009.
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?→