UK Parliamentarian calls for end to Eritrea’s extortion of diaspora to fund war efforts

Lord David Alton, of the UK House of Lords, has released a detailed report evidencing the continued collection of a 2% Diaspora Tax by Eritrean consular staff in the United Kingdom. The report calls for an end to the Tax’s collection, especially where extortion and harassment are involved. It urges the UK Metropolitan Police, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, and other responsible bodies, to urgently launch full, formal, and funded inquiries into this topic, and take robust action to stop the practice.

The British government has repeatedly called for Eritrea to withdraw its forces from the war in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray. This report speculates that stopping the collection of this Tax will hamper Eritrea’s ability to wage war and act as a spoiler to peace regionally in the Horn of Africa.

Lord Alton of Liverpool, who also serves as the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea, said: “Eritrea is cash poor, but despite this is calling up its citizens to fight in its neighbour’s costly, pitiless, brutal, and cruel war, which has been marked by mass atrocity crimes and accompanied by a scale of human suffering that is scarcely conceivable. Stopping the collection of this 2% Diaspora Tax would have a direct impact on Eritrea’s ability to wage war with neighbours – tragically all too evident in the horrific carnage of Tigray – and hamper its efforts to destabilise the Horn of Africa region. We will now be pushing our own government, as well as allies, to conduct their own investigations, and to take action to halt the collection of this Tax.”

The authors of this report have also collected evidence of the disproportionate impact of the Tax on more vulnerable groups deserving of protection and sanctuary in the United Kingdom. Authors show it operates as part of a network of surveillance and control over the diaspora, and curtails the political rights and freedoms of this group. The report highlights the steps other governments have taken to criticise, or halt, the collection of the Tax, making clear recommendations for further action that His Majesty’s Government could enact today. 

Full ReportEritrea’s 2% Diaspora Tax and its impact in the UK


  • This report is not affiliated with the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eritrea.
  • The report is not an official publication of the House of Commons nor the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. The views expressed in this report are those of the signatory.

Media information/interview bids:


  1. Lord David Alton approach to the Eritrean Regime 2%Tax extortion stand is in its right direction. The Eritrean Regime has created extremely miserable havoc to the people of Eritrea and the people of the Horn of Africa at large. Not only on Tax extortion it must be taken drastic measure against this totalitarian brutal regime.

  2. Eritrea Troops Are Commited Genocide In Tigray They Are Killing People By Search Door By Door They Looting Tigrean From Household Up To Civil Properties. Eritrea Abuse Thec
    peace Ageement Between Tigray And Ethiopia. Eritrea Must Out Of Tigray

  3. One has to wonder why or if Eritreans are paying enough 2% $$$ to fund a war? Does the 2% payment make enough impact; or it being paid by as many Eritreans to be such a topic of a British parliamentarian?

    So if Eritreans do not pay their 2% tax, do they lose their house/property (in which they probably currently don’t live to begin with)? Finally, how is the payment enforced? Hopefully not by paid Italian-mafia type death squad.

    Is this the best way to protect the interest of Eritreans (Tigray notwithstanding)? Why hasn’t Lord Alton offered each Eritrean a dwelling/land in England instead to nip this in the bud?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.