Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Canada orders Eritrea's consulate leave the country

Semere is under investigation over its alleged role in financing the repressive regime.
Canada has ordered an Eritrean envoy to leave the country following claims he demanded contributions from expatriates to pay for Eritrea's military.
Semere Ghebremariam O Micael, head of the Eritrean Consulate General in Toronto, has been under investigation



The head of the Eritrean Consulate in Toronto has been ordered to leave Canada in the wake of reports that said Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael has been involved in soliciting a "diaspora tax" from Eritreans in Canada.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued a news release Wednesday that said he has taken steps to expel Micael and he must leave by noon ET on June 5.
"Today’s actions speak for themselves," Baird said. "Canada has repeatedly made clear to Eritrea to respect international sanctions and Canadian law."
Baird's office wouldn't give the specific reason why Micael is being expelled but the move comes days after CBC News and other media have been reporting on the activities of his office.
Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to Baird, gave more of an explanation when he spoke to reporters Wednesday morning.
"We have been very much concerned with the actions of the Eritrean consul general here in Canada. We had asked him at the early stages not to do this, it is contrary to our laws, but our information is that they continued doing it," said Obhrai. "And so we finally had to take action. We cannot allow our territory to be used for fundraising for other countries."
The dictatorship in Eritrea imposes what the UN has condemned as a worldwide "diaspora tax" on its nationals, valued at two per cent of their income.
It often adds a second tax of up to $500, described on the Eritrean government clearance form as a "donation to national defence against Ethiopian invasion."

Eritreans say tax collection ongoing

The CBC's Rick MacInnes-Rae reported last week that Baird's department advised the Eritrean consul in Toronto in September that soliciting and collecting these taxes was incompatible with consular duties, and his accreditation would not be renewed if he and his consulate didn't stop.
The consulate later indicated in writing that it would comply.
But an Eritrean in Toronto who did not want to be identified told CBC that the practice hasn't stopped and that if he doesn't pay, his family in Eritrea "would get in trouble."
Another Eritrean, Teklezghi Yohannes Gabir, provided audio to CBC from a meeting he attended in Winnipeg on April 21, with a voice he identifies as that of Micael sounding as if he is again soliciting money.
Gabir, 36, an Eritrean living in Winnipeg, has paid the tax in the past but refuses to pay any more, and offered the audio hoping it might help stop the collections.

Eritrean rep must 'play by the rules'

The Eritrean regime relies on diaspora cash for hard currency. But according to the UN, it also uses its money to support armed rebels opposing Ethiopia, and others with ties to the notorious al-Shabaab movement in Somalia.
Because of Eritrea's destabilizing role in the troubled Horn of Africa, the UN imposed sanctions on the country in 2009, hoping to choke off its access to arms and money.
Canada later adopted them, meaning those who pay are violating UN sanctions and may also be breaking Canadian law according to past reports.
"Canada has repeatedly made clear to Eritrea to respect international sanctions and Canadian law," Baird said in his statement. "The Eritrean government is welcome to propose another candidate to represent it in Canada, but that person must be prepared to play by the rules.
"Our resolve on this matter should not be further tested," he said.
A source told CBC that Canada's spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has contacted members of the Eritrean community for information about the tax scheme. Representatives from Baird's department and Obhrai, have also had meetings with the community.

16 comments:

  1. Were gena ...gena HGDeF abi 2013 aykonen kab canada kab eritrea win kibareru eyom ! Nikid tirah , Awet N'hafash

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  2. Meslukum Agame , hzibi eritra aykonen 2% hiwetu win n hageru kefilu eu ! Hiji win abi goni mengstna alona ni hager kulu zedilya kingebrela kurubat kem kedem , long live PIA & PFDJ , abi eritra ni agame zikewin bota yelon .......

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  3. Forto 2013 wedi aliMay 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Hirrrrrr enda wedi medhn berad , be bhadde hgdef wehade ,kumtri belu weyto higdef .. Lomi abi canada tsbah abi eritrea ..... Kulit yelon sheketi kulit elete frdikum keribu eu

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  4. ቻው ቻው ሚስተር ሰመረ እዚኳ ደንጉዮሙኻኳ ,ቻው ቻው በብሐደ ህግደፍ ውሐደ

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  5. "...ሞባይል የብለይን፤ ኢንተርነት ከኣ ኣይጥቀምን እየ!" ...ኪርኪርኪር... ኢሳይያስ ቁጽሪ ሓደ መስታህብል'ዩ! "መስኪናይ ጫማኡ'ኮ ዘይቀየረ፤ ከምዞም ወዛሕዛሕ ዝብሉ'ካ ክራቫታ ዘይገብር...መስኪናይ ቀዳድ ኢያ ጁባኡ!" መስኪናይ ኣንታ ከምኡ ትብል ዘለኻ ህዝቢ ኢኻ። እዚ ካብ ግዜ ቃልሲ ካብ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝገበቶ ሚልዮናት ዶላራት፤ ብድሕሪ ናጽነት ዝኸፈልካዮ 2%፤ ሽያጥ ኣጽዋራት ናብ ሃገራት ዓበይቲ ቀላያት፤ ሽያጥ ኮንትራባንድ ኣልማዝ፤ ሽያጥ ሓሺሽ ሰሜናዊ ባሕሪ /ፋጌና/ ሽያጥ ኩሊት መንእሰያት ሲናይ፤ ሽያጥ ወርቂ ኣስማጥ...ዛራ...ሃደምደሚ...ኣይተርፍ...ቢሻ ወ.ዘ.ተ...ናበይ ኣተወ ቢልካ ሕተት! ሀይይይይ! ንፋለጥ'ሞ ንማለጥ። እንተተታሒዝካ ኣብ መራኸቢ ብዙሓን ቀሪብና ክትዛረብ ኢኻ! ቀጭ-ሕርሙ እንተመንጢላትካ ድማ እቲ ታሪኽ መምስ ሰነዳቱ ናብ ወለዶታት ክዝርጋሕ ኢዩ።

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  6. bye bye I hope to never to see you again!!!!!

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  7. Hji Grim ! Hji Grim be bhadde hgdef wehade

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  8. No more PFDJ ,NO MORE YPFDY no more dictator

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  9. ብዛዕባ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘሎ ምግሃስ ሰብኣዊ መሰላት ንከተጻሪ ብውዱብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ዝተመዘት ጉጅለ ኣብ ኤርትራ ኣትያ መጽናዕቲ ንከይተካይድ ብስርዓት ህግደፍ ድሕሪ ምክልካላ፣ ካብ 30 ሚያዝያ ክሳብ 9 ግንቦት 2013 ምስ ኣብ ጎረባብቲ ሃገራት ዝርከቡ ኤርትራዊን ስደተኛታት ቃለ መሕተት ኣካይዳ ዝኣከበቶ ሓበሬታ 1ይ ጸብጽባ ኣቅሪባ ።

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  12. The Eritrean regime has been very quick to demonize Eritrean individuals, Eritrean organisations and international organization that raise critical question on the devastating policies of the regime. Just recently the regime attacked Amnesty International for its sincerity in stating that it doesn't know the exact number of prisoners. AI gave only an estimation of about 10.000! The regime that refuses any cooperation with international organisations that would like to visit Eritrea to find out whether the allegation on human rights are true, has not legal right to accuse others while violation the basic standard of diplomacy on international relations. The following report is the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth. She was denied entry to Eritrea by the Eritrean regime. But thanks to the regime, victims of its policy live not only in Eritrea, under the regime's iron grip, but also outside Eritrea; in their tens of thousands, scattered in refugee camps from Ethiopia to Djbouti, from Libia to the hell of Sinai and the camps of Israel...

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