Foundation Human Rights For Eritreans European Union Urgent Request Event 13 August 2022 Rijswijk, The Netherlands

Urgent Request Event 13 August 2022 Rijswijk, The Netherlands

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of my client, the Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (the “Foundation”), I am writing with the following urgent request relating to an event taking place this Saturday, 13 August in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.

It has come the attention of the Foundation that on 13 August 2022, at the Event Plaza in Rijswijk, an event will take place with Mr. Awel Seid as keynote speaker. From the flyer of this event and the characteristics of the event, it is immediately apparent that it is organized by the ‘long arm’ of the regime of the State of Eritrea. The flyer contains several Eritrean flags, Mr. Seid is dressed in full Eritrean military uniform and Mr. Seid is a well-known figure within the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (“PFDJ”) party.

The event is organized by the Eritrean State, operating through its Dutch and/or European entities. To avoid confusion on this matter, I am addressing this letter to the Consulate of Eritrea in the Netherlands, as well as the Eritrean embassy in Brussels and to Mr. Sirak Bahlbi, who was involved with organizing a similar event (which was cancelled) in Sweden.

The event is billed as a ‘cultural’ event. However, the event is in fact aimed at (1) illegally collecting ‘tax’ from Eritreans in the diaspora and (2) at spreading political propaganda which qualifies as hate speech.

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