Former Tamil political activist denied admittance to Sri Lanka

Tuesday July 30, 2019

A former Tamil political activist domiciled in the UK has been denied admittance to Sri Lanka.


The former political activist, Mr Kaviraj Shanmuganathan, was told by Sri Lankan immigration officials upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport on Monday that would he not be allowed to enter the country as he has been listed as someone who had worked against the sovereignty and interests of the country.


He was then told that he could voluntarily return to a country of his choice or return to the UK, from where he could make an application to the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry, via the country's High Commission in London, to visit the island.


Mr Shanmuganathan told the Tamilpolity that he chose to return to Chennai, from where he is now considering the options available to him.


Mr Shanmuganathan's family, who accompanied him, however, have been allowed to enter Sri Lanka.


Mr Shanmuganathan was at the forefront of protests held in London between April to May 2009 to bring a ceasefire in Sri Lanka and had lobbied for an international independent investigation into the mass atrocities committed against the Tamils in the final stages of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka.


He later quit politics and became engaged in humanitarian activities to help war victims in the Tamil areas.

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