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Canada Should Respect Our Dual Citizenship Rights

Criminalizing our voluntarily payment of 2% tax means denying us from exercising our Eritrean citizenship rights
Criminalizing our voluntary payment of 2% tax means denying us from exercising our Eritrean citizenship rights

By CECCO,

CECCO is disappointed with the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs to expel the Eritrean Consul to Canada, Mr. Semere Ghebremariam O’Micael. This unnecessary escalation in the relationship between Canada and Eritrea is unfortunate. If indeed such acts of extortion are alleged to have occurred we would expect the RCMP to investigate and release their findings to the public.

The 2% tax levied on Eritrean citizens living abroad emerged during the Eritrean Referendum process and was inspired by the Eritrean community in Diaspora. This was put into law in Eritrea under 2% Tax Form Proclamation No 17/1991 & 67/1995 . Continue reading Canada Should Respect Our Dual Citizenship Rights

Eritrea Condemns Canada’s Expulsion of its Envoy

Historically, adversity only fires up our collective, patriotic, adrenalin.

BY MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Eritrea condemns in the strongest terms the Canadian Government’s expulsion of the Eritrean Consul General in Toronto.

Eritrea states categorically that the services it renders through its Consulate General are fully consistent with the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations and do not violate international or Canadian laws. Continue reading Eritrea Condemns Canada’s Expulsion of its Envoy

Will Canada’s Hard Line on Eritrea’s ‘Diaspora’ Tax Apply to the U.S.?

If Eritrea’s 2 % diaspora tax is such an egregious example of extra-territorial tax oppression, how does the U.S. escape the same treatment?

“For legal reasons, I would not comment on the reasons for the expulsion but the Ambassador’s actions were “inconsistent” with his diplomatic duties.” – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

By The Globe and Mail,

How nice to see Canada taking a very hard line with the government or Eritrea and its attempts to impose a diaspora tax on Eritrean citizens now living in Canada. This country really does have a backbone when it comes to standing up to oppression and injustice.

How to explain, then, that while we send the Eritrean consul packing and threaten to shut down the consulate, we let U.S. Ambassador David Jacobsen stay put in Ottawa with nary a word of protest over America’s “diaspora” tax?

There are only two countries in the world that levy income tax based on citizenship rather than residence; one is Eritrea and the other is the United States. But while Canada fulminates and threatens mayhem against Eritrea, it says nothing about the U.S. Continue reading Will Canada’s Hard Line on Eritrea’s ‘Diaspora’ Tax Apply to the U.S.?