Swedish parliament’s motion to ban Eritrea’s collection of taxes from the Swedish-Eritreans fails


Feb. 05, 2014

Source : Expressen.se  – Web Translation 

The attempt in parliament to ban Eritrean infamous collection of taxes from the Swedish-Eritreans failed. Government by party members of the Justice Committee gave it their support.

Some Swedish-Eritreans pay voluntarily, but many testify both in Sweden and in other countries about the dictatorship of the recovery, through its embassies, done with threats and blackmail. UN Security Council has ruled that tax collection has to stop. The Committee believes, however, that if it is done by illegal means, it is a case for the prosecution and the police. No new legislation is not needed, consider the committee.

Diplomatic reasons behind the decision

Two who exercised if a ban is Fredrik Malm, foreign spokesman in FP, and the Swedish-Eritrean senator Arhe Hamednaca (S). The latter believe that diplomatic efforts to get it in Eritrea Dawit Isaak free behind it.

– I think the alliance is hostage in the toothless, quiet diplomacy does not work against a regime that does not know what diplomacy means. They dare not take this step towards the Eritrean embassy and government. Dictatorship now get green cards to collect a tax that funds various terrorist organizations, says Arhe Hamednaca.

– Tens of thousands of Swedish-Eritreans are now paying for that alliance did not dare to stand up against a dictatorship that persecutes its citizens in another country.

Several countries have pushed Eritrea

He points out that many other countries, such as Canada, Germany and the UK pushed Eritrean embassies to stop tax collection.

A prosecutor announced in December down an investigation into tax collection for lack of evidence. That the judicial system could handle it gives Arhe Hamednaca not do much:

– Almost no one dare to report. This is a regime that engaged in refugee espionage, everyone knows that.

In a UN report from last summer concluded that Eritrea supports, among others, the Somali al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab rebels.

C: Difficult to access legal

Johan Linander (C), Vice Chairman of the Justice Committee, dismisses Isaak demand recorded when the motions were rejected.

– For us it has not been in the balance, he says.

Linander agrees that tax collection is a problem but believes that it is the judiciary task to stop it if it is done by illegal means. Propositions lack suggestions on how to legally be able to proceed, he believes.

– One way is to tighten the punishment for aggravated extortion and that we will do, says Linander hoping that anyone who considers themselves a victim of crime to police reports.

Eritrea claims that the tax, which amounts to 2 percent of annual income, is optional.