Eritrean Britons swept into diaspora tax dragnetAugust 13, 2013
Just like Eritreans in Canada and Kenya. In violation of international law, the tax on Eritreans living abroad helps fund the repressive dictatorship in Eritrea and helps fund al-Shabaab terrorists, too. Thanks to Raphael and Aisha for sending this in from the International Business Times:
Eritreans living in the UK are being forced by their own government to pay a “diaspora tax” that ultimately funds the secretive country’s network of influence in the Horn of Africa, including supporting the al-Shabaab group of militants in Somalia, an IBTimes UK special investigation has uncovered.
The collection of a 2% income tax on Eritrean nationals living abroad violates UN resolution 2023 (2011) which condemns Eritrea’s use of the tax to “destabilise the Horn of Africa region and to violate the sanctions regime”. Some of the money is used to procure weapons for armed opposition groups.
The UN Security Council hardened sanctions against Eritrea in December 2011 over its alleged support for Islamist militant groups such as Somalia’s al-Shabaab…