Britain ignores illegal extortion by Eritrean government in the UK

By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
Feb 12th, 2014

Eritrean nationals in the UK, as well as individuals of Eritrean descent, are being forced to pay an illegal 2% tax levied on all their UK earnings by the Eritrean government. This is in addition to the ordinary taxes they pay in Britain.

Despite assurances from the British Government that this has been stopped, secretly filmed evidence reveals that this practice continues to be routine. The new report includes the video evidence taken inside the Eritrean Embassy in London and is supported by official receipts issued by the embassy.

The illegal extortion continues despite a UN Security Council resolution forbidding it – a resolution supported by the British government. The resolution imposed sanctions against the Eritrean government to halt Eritrean funding for the Somali militant group, al-Shabab. This included the purchase of weapons. [see below]

The Eritrean community in the UK calls for the British government to end its tolerance of the Eritrean Embassy’s flouting of official British policy and United Nations resolutions. The time to act is now – to follow the lead of the Canadian government and to expel the Eritrean ambassador until this illegal taxation ends.


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