ERITREA: Diplomat Expelled from Netherlands

On 17 January, the Dutch government declared “persona non grata” on Tekeste Ghebremedhin Zemuy, the highest-level Eritrean diplomat, expelling him from the Netherlands. This expulsion is in response to the Eritrean government imposing a “diaspora tax” to intimidate refugees that have fled Eritrea. The Dutch government will allow the Eritrean embassy to remain open, but maintains that it does not approve of the Eritrean government’s threats and taxations of those who have fled the country.

[Caitlyn Aaron, Caitlyn.aaron.ee@gmail.com]