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Saudi Arabia Implements UN Sanctions Against The Eritrean regime

Saudi Arabian authorities began implementing UN Sanctions Resolutions 1907 and 2023 against the Eritrean regime, according to Eritrean Nahda Party.

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a circular (# 512/3171) to all its member businesses instructing them to implement the UN security council sanctions against Eritrea.

The chamber’s circular was supported by a letter of the same content issued by the Saudi Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Saudi Arabia hosts over 80,000 Eritreans most of whom are coerced into paying the 2% income  tax imposed by the Eritrean regime on all Eritreans. As with all Eritreans who reside in the Gulf countries, Eritreans in Saudi Arabia hold Eritrean passports and those who refuse to pay the 2% income tax do not have their Eritrean passports renewed and, consequently, their work permit in Saudi Arabia.

Last year, the UN Security Council stiffened its earlier sanctions against the Eritrean regime by issuing a new resolution (Resolution 2023) calling on “all states” to “undertake appropriate measures to hold accountable, consistent with international law, those individuals or their territory who are acting, officially or unofficially, on behalf of the Eritrean Government or the PFDJ” who must “cease using extortion, threats of violence, fraud and other illicit means to collect taxes.”

The resolution was passed 13-0, with China and Russia abstaining.

Saudi Arabia has formed a standing committee to implement UN sanctions and it is headed by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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  • Saleem Adam

    This step is positive step because the most of the erireans living in K S A are forcing to pay the 2% to renew the permit work card ( Iqama ). therefore the only one forced to renew the passport is the only who have program to leave the country. therefore this step is very impotant for the people didnot take decision against the DIA & his regime to be clear what is going on & to take action for the feature of our country.

  • wkeren

    I just wander when are we going to relaize this pfdj and their supporters are so dump they will say and do anything and everything to prove they are best for eritrea well done Soudi

  • Hameed

    Dear Suleman,

    Hello, a man from Mars. How are you? Forget about Eritrea and China, and let us speak about a subject you may have more information about. If you don’t mind it, please tell us about Mars. Can a man from earth live there? They say there is water and oxygen in Mars, is it true?

    Really, men from Mars are wonderful people, but I think they are not intelligent enough to understand about earth. When they come to discuss about earth I recognize they are totally ignorant people.

  • Mohtar

    dear All
    the eritreans are suffering here in SA for they are unable to Renew their Residence Permit due to the new Residence Syestem. they are stcked here. and some are trying to move to Europe USA etc.
    please do not hope much……. on this

    • I feel sorry for those ppl who lives in Saudi Arabia u have no choise but u have to pay 2% interest from ur income.


    Mr. Mohammed Berhan you are right. This is a positive step towards to the right direction from the Saudi government. The Eritreans in GCC countries in general and in Saudi Arabia in particular are really suffering of this TAX. And in this special case, the Mafia government has sent the worst and idiot lady called WEYNI GEREZGIHER ( the wife of yemane monkey) as a consular secretary in Riyadh. As you know the Isaias regime and cronies has been interfering internal problems of the read sea countries, such as Saudi and Yemen. It is very difficult to say this is a government, rather it is a pure Mafia government. If you can read the Arabic reports, the Mafia government of Asmara has been a headache the read sea and especially the BAB ALMANDAB. Thousands of weapons are selling to the north part of Yemen to the opposition SHIA group to fight against the Yemen government. Few months back there was an annual Saudi cultural festival called ” Al Janadiriyah”. In this event there was a seminar held under the title ” The Africans and Arabs”. Dr. Jallaladin Saleh ( An Eritrean Scholar) talk about the Eritrean mafia and the problems that had created by his regime. Out of the attendees were the Asmara regime Ambassador and when Dr. Jallaladin begun to speak he was really confused and at the end left the hole, because he was not able to listen the criminal action that had done by his BOSS.

    Peace to the poor Eritrean people!
    Soon we will be free from Issaias regime and his cronies!

  • mohamed brhan

    This is step positive in the right direction, but the Eritreans living in Saudi Arabia does not benefit from this decision because the paying will be inside the Eritrean Embassy and the Saudi government no right to prevent for what is going inside the Eritrean Embassy.

  • Delay Selam

    ትዕቢት ኢሳይያስ: ብ1970 ድሕሪ ናይ ምስጢር ርክብ ምስ ሪቻርድ ቾፐላንድ (Richard Copeland) ናይ CIA & Ethiopia agent ኮንይ ኣብ ዝተመዘዘሉ እዋን እዩ ጀሚሩ:: ኢሳያያስ ብስምዒት:ብሕልና: ብደም: ብሃገራውነት ” ዓባይ ኢትዮጵያ” ወይሞት ኢሉ ዝኣምንን: ጎብለል መራሒ ኢትዮጵያን ቀንዲ ሓያል ናይ ቀርኒ ኣፍሪቃን ሓሊኑን ሓሊሙን እዩ:: እንተኾነ ግን ሕልሙን ሕልንኡን ስለዘይኮነሉ: ንጸላኢኡ ዝኾነ ርህሩህ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ናብ ኩናት ክሸሞ ተገደደ:: ኢሳይያስ ክነብር እንተዳኣ ኾንዩ: ኣብ ጽልግልጽ ዝበለ ኩነታት ጥራይ እዩ ክነብር ዝኽእል:: ምኽንያቱ መን ምኻኑ ኣንዳዕዲዑ ስለዝፈልጥ ኣብ ከምዚ ዝኣመስለ ሃዋህው ክነብር ኣለዎ: እዚ ኩሉ እዚ ኣብ ጎቦታታ ሳሕል ኮይኑ ዝሃንደሶ ሽርሕታት’ዩ:: ከም መጀመርታ: ብሱዕዲያ ጀሚሩ ደሓር: ደሓር ናብ ሱዳን: ኣብ ዲፕሎማሲ ዓለም ዘየሎ ተግባር ካኣ ፈጸመ:: ኣሽንካይ’ዶ ሰብ ጀለቢያ ሰብ ስረ’ካ ኣይከኣሉናን እናበለ ከኣ ጨደረ: ኩሉም ኣስላም ዘበሉ ጎረባብታና በቢሓደ ተንከፎም:እንተኾና ግን ኣብ መወዳእታ’ቲ ጭፍራ ደቂ ሓው ኣብኡ ” ደቂ ሃጸይ ዮውሃንስ” ሓማሺሾም ክልተ እግሩ ቆሪጾም: ክልተ ኣእዳውን ምስ መርዛም ዘይትመውት መልሓስ ገዲፎማ: መስጣ ኣስላም ጎረባትና ከኣ ኮነ::ብትምክሕቲ ርእሱ ዝሓበጠ ስርዓት ኢሰይያስን ዕውራት ሰዓብቱን ከምኡውን ምሁራት ተበለጽትን በዚን ከምዚን ባህርያት እዮም ዝንቀሳቀሱ: ከም ባህርያቶም ካኣ :

    ከም ቆለ ዛርቲ ደልዎ ሰብይቲ
    ንሰብኣይ ኣንቲ ንዓበይቲ ኣንታ
    ንጾታ ይገብርሉ ናይ ንዕቀት መጸዋዕታ
    እዚ ንባዕሉ ዘደንቕ ዘደንጽው ዛንታ

    ነቲ ጎይቶኦም መን ምካኑ ክሳብ ሕጂ ቦጮቕ ዘየበለ ” በዓል አንታስ መስቆርቆሪ” ከምዝበሃል

    ወዲ ኣዳነች በርሀ ካብ ተንቤን ዝተደቅለ
    ናይ ትግራይ ትግርኚ ዓላማ ዘንጠንጠለ
    ዶብ ኣየድለያን’ዩ ብኣዋጅ ዝበለ
    ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ክንቁረን’ና ብፈደራሽን ዝበለ
    ብዶብ ኣሳቢቡ ኪናት ዘቃጸለ
    ንኤርትራ ዘጽነተ: መንእሰያታ ዘመንከለ
    ከነሕጽሮ ኢና ኢሉ ንህዝቡ ዘታለለ
    ጅግንነትና ኣድፊሩ: መሬትና ዘመንጠለ
    ንኹሉ ንረሳዓዮ ብምባል ዝጠፍአ ሂወት ዘቃለለ
    ኣይንሱ እንዲዩ’ዳኣ ቀዳማይ ኣብ ጥልመት ዝወዓለ
    ነዚ’ስ ካኣ ትጀሃርሉ ትነጥርሉ ከም ማንቲለ::

    ዓዶኽዶኽ ጸሪሩ: ፈራዕራዕ ኣብቂዑ: ብመንጽሩ ምጅጃውን ምድህላልን ገኒኑ ኣሎ::

    ሰላምን ዕቤትን ንውጹዕ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ!

    • Kokhob Selam

      thank you very much. within this short post you have managed to say it all. be around always.

  • Delay Selam

    ከምቲ ልሙድ ባህርን ጠባይን ኢሳይያስ: ባጫ: ሕጨጫ: ቅያዐ: ሽምጠጣ: ላግጺ: ንዕቀት: ብደዐ: ትዕነና: ትዕቢት: ዕቡይነት: ክሕደት: ጥልመት: ምትላል: ምድንጋር: ክድዓት: ሽፈጣ: ሓሶት . ወዘተ…. ስለዝኾነ: ነዝን ከምዚ ዝኣመሰልን ነገር ክርኢ እንከሎ ናይ ትዕቢት ሕማሙ ስለዝመጾ ናይ ምንሻው መናፍሕ ክጅምር እዩ:: መቸም ኣስላም ብሓፈሻ ኣዕራን ካኣ ብፍላይ : ዋጋ ዘብሎምን ዘይጠቕሙን: ባልጦ ዝኽደኑ ከም ኣንስቲ እናበለ ዝገብሮ ፈኸራን ጃህራን ኣየርኢኻ: እቲ ምንታይ ምንእኣስን ምንሻውን ቀንዲ መግለጺኡ ስለዝኾነ:: ድሮ ውን ጀማሚርዎ ኣሎ ናብ ቀጠር ገጹ:: ኣብ 1993 ድሕሪ ናጽነት ኤርትራ መጀመርታ ዝተተንከፈት ሱዕዲያ እያ ነይራ:: ኣብቲ እዋን እቲ’ሞ ንበይኑ ዓይነት ትዕቢትን ኣብ መወዳእታ ጥርዙ ዝበጸሐ ትዕነናን እዩ ነይሩ:: ኣብቲ ግዜ’ቲ ከምዚ ክብል ንሱዕዲያ ከሲስዋ: “ሓንቲ ኽሻ እኽሊ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሂባ ዘይትፈልጥ ጸገም ትገብረልና ኣላ” ክብል ኮኒንዋ:: ሎሚ ናይ 21 ዓመት ዓሮቕሮቕ: ቦረቕሮቕ ኣብቂዑ: ናብ ሸራእራእን: ጀሮቕሮቕን ውጸኣትን እዩ ተቐዪሩ:: ዓለም ንመን ዘየድከመት ኣሽምባይ’ዶ ኢሳይያስ ድኹም ሕልና ነቶም መን ከማና ፈጠርቲ ኢና ዝብሎ ዝነበሩ መራሕቲ’ውን ኣጥፊኣቶም እያ:: ሕጂ ጎረሮኻ ተሓኒቕካ ናብተብሎ ስለዘየለ ኣብዘለኻዮ ኮይንካ ክሳብ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብኢድካ ሒዙ ናብ ፍትሒ ዘቕርበካ: በታ ዘይትመውት መርዛም መልሓስካ: ስሚ ክትዘርእ ጽናሕ::

    ዓዶኽዶኽ ጸሪሩ: ፈራዕራዕ ኣብቂዑ: ብመንጽሩ ምጅጃውን ምድህላልን ገኒኑ ኣሎ::

    ሰላም ዕቤትን ንውጹዕ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ!


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  • sekafino

    Which ever way comes a thing that helps the oppressed poor eritreans and demoralizes the small sect criminals is acceptable and cheered with joy! Thank you Saudis finally for moving to punish the unpunished!

  • Halai Hager

    Hi. This good news but I wonder what had happened to the Saudis. Normaly the Saudi regime did nothing to help the Eritrean people but now may be uncle Sam is pushing the to do so. Any way it is a good news.

  • eyob Ghebreziabhier

    Saudi Arabia is taking side not with the dictator but with the oppressed Eritran people!! Really it is good news to hear. First i was wondering why Saudi Arabia was not thinking about oppressed Eritreans who are 300 kilometer away while it was thinking about Libyans, or Syrians, etc. thousandsmiles away. Followers of our prophet Mohamed they didn’t go to Libya or Syria during their hard days. We know where they did: to Abyssinia (Eritrea and Ethiopia). It is clear that Saudi Arabia was doing not only against history but aslo against the good example that was taken by followers of Mohamed. But know it is corrected. This means we returned to the right path that was followed many years ago. for this and other thank you S.A. Now as many Eritreans i am away from home. i am sure the steps that S.A. took will helpe us to return home.

  • Hameed

    Really, it is a good news. The loop has started to tighten around the neck of the mafia regime. All forced donations, 2% and illegal businesses will stop by this new action of Saudi Arabia. The regime was getting millions of dollars from our people in the Gulf States with out compensating them. On the contrary it was creating obstacles in front of their children education. The regime refused all scholarships donated from sister countries to their children. Our people in Gulf States, after more than two decades of boosting the purse of the mafia regime in Asmara they get nothing in return except they heard their land and houses are distributed to new settlers. It is the time for the regime to pay back what it has taken from our people.

    • Few years back, I remember hearing or reading that the Saudis were easing on the requirement to have a valid passport and stamping Iqama (permission to stay) on out of date passports. That may not have been true then……

      This move is clearly pushed by the US to show that they can tighten the rope of sanction if DIA is not willing to comply, otherwise the Saudis would care to do anything that is of relief to immigrants living there.

      What we read is only a signal from “Uncle Sam” to the regime as Mohamed Yasin termed it, but until practical action (call me skeptic) don’t put too much hope on it.

  • Mohammed Aderob

    well done!

  • Unable to control my joy upon reading this wonderful news, I immediately phoned my friend in Saudi Arabia who is a senior member of the Nahda party, and he warned me to take the news with a grain of salt because there is no official statement made by the Saudi government on the subject, and he fears that wishful thinking might be behind such news. My friend was furious because he felt someone has made a conscious decision to sacrifice his beloved Nahda party’s reputation for the sake of temporary psychological gain over the PFDJ government. Before he hang up the phone he asked me a theoretical question: “What’s 2% to a government that is already making tens of billions of dollars from the booming mining projects?” He answered his own question with “NOTHING!!!” and hang up the phone without even saying goodbye.

    • Hameed

      Ali Zero,

      To know how far you are a mean liar open the following link to get a copy of the letter from the Saudi authorities.

      • Nuredin Ahmed

        Translation of the …
        The application of Security Council resolutions against Artrella system in the Persian Gulf

        Has initiated the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia to implement the resolutions of the Security Council against the regime, which imposed Artrella No. 1907 dated 23/12/2009 m and was reinforced by the decision No. 2012 dated 05.12.2011 AD
        And annex a copy of a letter from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah number 512/3171 date 22/3/1433 H corresponding to 15/2/2012 AD to all sectors of the business requires the application of Security Council resolutions against Artrella system was based on an address from the Ministry of Trade and Industry No. 267/9 / 1/2120 / p e date of 1/3/1433.
        Office of Information assure everyone that our people Eritreans does not have any links to tamper with that practiced by the regime of Isaias against neighboring countries and urges the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all Gulf states have introduced resolutions of the Security Council without any damage to our public and private residents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who do not like all the love and appreciation of the Kingdom of the position supervisor towards our people, who still lives suffering the most from the days of colonialism under the regime of dictator Isaias, and calls upon the generality of our people in the region to cooperate with stakeholders in the implementation of the decisions relating to the payment of special taxes on any form, where the system seeks to circumvent the application of decisions.
        Renaissance Party Eritreans Information Office

    • zegeremo

      Dear Ali Santim,

      I think it is just too fun to watch the PFDJ and its supporters squirm.

  • Fenkil

    Ghezae you said “good job Saudi Arabia” You think Saudi Arabia is an independent, democratic, civilized form of government. Poor you! Or should I say the enemy of your enemy is your lover. Too bad how far one has to bend over and hate its own birthplace.

    • Kokhob Selam


      look, you are not allowed to say anything about others before you clean your own home. Love it or not Saudi-Arabia is respected country with elegant government rich and happy people. your people are working under Saudi’s for your information. That is not your country to tell us what type of government it is.

      you should know the government in Eritrea is centuries back and is fighting with everyone even sometime with himself like hyena. this is the reason our people abandoning you group. today may be this is the only “government” who don’t listen a single voice.

    • You sound Like EriTv the ( Black Box)

  • wed garza

    The pharaoh is cornered by four sides of the world. And the eagle is checking the sky while the chickens are wacking to avert the looming danger.
    Until the coming summer things are moving to the opposite dream of the pharaoh in Asmara.
    God decision of Saudi that rejoices all coerced all Eritreans for happiness.
    The coffin of treasury is drying faster than is expected and soon the treasure will only collect dust as is the constitution.

  • Ghezae Hagos

    One of my favorites subject..good job Saudi Arabia. I hope this will create an opportunity for the Saudi regime to take PFDJ to task.

    • sara

      i am sorry to disappoint you, what is being celebrated by our friends , that the saudis are going to implement the sanction against eritrea will not work…. simply ask what happened in the 80th, this is not new to eritreans … it was tried before but a failed policy act of the west and forced on countries who have a positive outlook on eritrea and eritreans.even the saudis admire the resilience of shaebia despite all the obstacles made to them , ask any eritrean who was in saudi arabia in the 80th you will know this time too nothing will work.