Eritre­ans sue EU over use of forced la­bor back home

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BRUS­SELS — A Nether­lands-based group of Eritre­ans sued the Euro­pean Union on Wed­nes­day, de­mand­ing it cease fi­nanc­ing a project in the east African dic­ta­tor­ship that uses forced la­bor, the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the group said, the first test of an ef­fort by in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions to hold the bloc ac­count­able for the way it spends bil­lions in Africa.

The law­suit in the Nether­lands, a mem­ber of the EU that di­rectly con­trib­utes to the fund­ing for Eritrea and is home to a large num­ber of Eritrean mi­grants, will soon be fol­lowed by sim­i­lar le­gal ac­tion in Bri­tain.

The Am­s­ter­dam-based group, Hu­man Rights for Eritre­ans, ac­cuses the EU in the law­suit of fi­nanc­ing a project that uses forced la­bor in a coun­try that is no­to­ri­ous for re­ly­ing on it and of ar­rang­ing the money through a de­lib­er­ately opaque process.

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