Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eritrean Intimidation in the Netherlands

The intimidation of others by adherents of the dictatorial Eritrean regime living in the Netherlands has now spread to include people outside the Eritrean community.  Within the Dutch Eritrean community, there is a culture of fear.  Through its followers in the diaspora, the Eritrean government exercises pressure on Eritreans abroad to support it with money and to silence critics of its policies.  A Dutch scholar, Professor Mirjam van Reissen, has been threatened by Eritreans, together with several others.  She has complained to the police.  Journalist Sanne Terlingen also reports that she has been the target of intimidating tweets.  According to the UN, Eritrea is one of the most unfree governments in the world, and human rights are massively violated.

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