Sri Lanka, Nov. 11 -- The Government will not issue visas to any foreigner to attend conferences or meetings with Government officials in November, except for those attending the scheduled events of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Ministry of External Affairs said. The decision was communicated to all Lankan missions and to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, the Ministry said.
Ministry Secretary Karunathilake Amunugama told the Daily Mirror that it was in this context that entry to Sri Lanka was denied, to participants of an International Bar Association
Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) high-level delegation which included Gabriela Knaul, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and Param Cumaraswami the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.
He said the Ministry had not been notified regarding the organising of the event.
"It is the general practice to inform the External Affairs Ministry of the host country's conference division of any plans to host such an event, and I don't think that was done with regard to this event" he said.
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