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UK to ban human rights abusing leaders

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 23:52

London: Britain on Wednesday said world leaders who have committed human rights abuses will be banned from entering the country to attend the 2012 London Olympics.

Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said in a written reply to Parliament that leaders linked to such crimes will not be allowed into Britain.
"Entry will be refused where an individual`s presence at the Games or in the UK would not be conducive to the public good," he said.

"Where there is independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses, the individual will not normally be permitted to enter the UK," he added.

All international visitors applying to enter the United Kingdom for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are subject to the UK`s immigration controls, he said.

"Anyone who is currently subject to a European Union or United Nations travel ban will not be able to come to the Games," Browne said in the reply.
The announcement comes after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he was hoping to attend the London Olympics starting from Juy 27.


First Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 23:52

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