Dutch government acts to halt Eritrean embassy taxing diaspora

In 2017 the Dutch authorities commissioned a study of the extortion of taxes practiced by the Eritrean government via its embassy in the Netherlands.

This was followed by warnings to stop such practices and – finally – in January 2018, the expulsion of the Eritrean ambassador.

Here is  a report of the expulsion. The information that the Dutch published is below.


Source: Reuters

January 17, 2018 / 4:04 PM

Dutch government tells highest Eritrean diplomat to leave

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – 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 of Eritrea continuing to force tax payments from people who fled the country.

A spokesman for the Eritrean Embassy declined to comment on the decision.

“This is an exceptionally severe measure, meant as a signal to the government of Eritrea”, Zijlstra said. “We want to make clear that we don’t tolerate these unwanted practices.”

Zijlstra said he had decided not to close the entire embassy, against the will of a majority in Dutch parliament, as that would make it impossible to help Eritreans.

He called on Eritreans to report criminal offences they had experienced at the embassy.


Dutch government statements

Translation-Letter-Dutchgovt-embassy

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