New rule denies UK Visa for human rights abusers

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03 May 2012


The UK announced on 30 April that non-European Union citizens accused of serious human rights abuses would not be allowed to enter the UK. The new rule, included in the UK Foreign Office's annual Human Rights Report, states that in cases 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".

Under previous immigration rules, foreign nationals could only be prevented from entering the UK if they are viewed as a security threat and could not be denied entry to the UK only on the basis of human rights abuses. However, the new rules will allow those accused of serious human rights abuses to not be allowed to enter the UK.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the government was "determined to pursue every opportunity to promote human rights and political and economic freedom around the world".

"Britain welcomes visitors from around the world…but not those who have perpetrated human rights abuses. Foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area may only come to the UK if they satisfy the requirements of the Immigration Rules. 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," the rule said.

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