The Canadian government expelled the Eritrean consul in May 2013 over his persistent efforts to use the consulate to violate a United Nations military embargo.
By Aaron Berhane
The city of Toronto has revoked the permit of the Eritrean consulate to hold a seminar at the York Civic center on March 8, 2015.
The Eritrean Consulate used the Eritrean Canadian Association of Ontario’s (ECAO) name to be sponsored by the councilor of the city and book for the venue of York Civic Center. The consulate office tried to deceive the city by concealing the real mission and organizer of the event. Once the city received complaints from Eritrean Canadian Human Rights Group and investigated the main organizer of the seminar, it is encouraged to revoke the permit as the venue of the city is meant to be used by non-profit and charitable organizations only.
“We are glad to see the administration of the city of Toronto finally steps in,” stated the press release of the Eritrean Canadian Human Rights Group. “The Eritrean consulate in Toronto has been using the Eritrean Canadian Association of Ontario for a decade to conceal its political nature in order to obtain financial and public support from Eritreans Canadians, and use public properties and venues for free. The consulate office was planning to campaign on March 8th, about the new Eritrean identity card so as to engulf many Eritrean Canadians to the endless financial trap.”
The Canadian government expelled the Eritrean consul in May 2013 over his persistent efforts to use the consulate to violate a United Nations military embargo. A United Nations report stated that “A PFDJ [the Peopleâ€™s Front for Democracy and Justice, the ruling party in Eritrea] fundraising drive in Canada in early 2012 falsely presented itself as a campaign to assist Eritrean orphans and children, in potential violation of Canadian law.” An investigation by the RCMP revealed that the money raised in the name of ‘orphans’ had been handed to Eritrean government agents.
Since the expulsion of Eritrean consul in 2013, Eritrea hasn’t assigned a new consul. However, the consulate office is still active in trying to control the life of Eritrean Canadians via the local members of PFDJ, Women’s Association and YPFDJ.