No visa to attend International Law Conference in Colombo.

Friday, 08 November 2013 - 19:27

External Affairs Ministry has refuted charges by the International Bar Association that its members were not issued visa to Sri Lanka.


The Ministry in a statement said that awareness were made earlier of the inability to allow other international conferences during the period of CHOGM in Colombo.


International Bar Association had organized a conference in Colombo from November 13th  to 15th ,  and representatives of the United Nations Committee of Independence of Judges and Lawyers were scheduled to participate in the conference.


However International Bar Association Co-Chair Helena Kennedy told foreign media that the institute deeply regrets the Sri Lankan government's decision to deny visa for the delegation of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute.


When our news team contacted the Department of Immigration and Emigration, its spokesman said that visa was denied to the International Bar Association delegation as sufficient information about the applicants was not provided along with the applications.


Having announced that it was unfair to deny visa to the International Bar Association delegation, a Sri Lanka Bar Association spokesman said that his Association would issue a press communiqué with regard to this tomorrow.


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