Monks from Myanmar refused visa at Katunayake Airport

A group of monks from Myanmar have been refused a visa at the Katunayake Airport by immigration officers.

Sources said that seven monks had been refused entry at the airport.

The Government had earlier decided to suspend issuing visas for tourists from Myanmar following fears that Rohingya Muslims may attempt to enter Sri Lanka to seek refuge.

Sources said that a discussion was held today between officials of the Immigration Department and the Foreign Ministry where the decision not to grant visas to Myanmar nationals was discussed.

While Sri Lanka will continue to approve visas for diplomats from Myanmar, visas will be granted only to select individuals from Myanmar after a close screening process.

More than 1 million Rohingya live in apartheid-like conditions in Myanmar‘s Rakhine State, where many in the Buddhist majority consider them interlopers from Bangladesh.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Rakhine state after the government intensified ‘clearance operations’ following an attack by Rohingya militants on border posts, in which 12 security officials were killed.

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

7 COMMENTS

  1. Sri Lanka that conducted the most successful ethnic cleansing while keeping the media and international community at bay should be a immense asset to the Myanmar Buddhist.

    They should have come for advice after My3 returned from NY.

  2. With Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Prize possibly being withdrawn, there is no way that Sri Lanka should go back on a good decision to show its abhorrence of the ethnic cleansing that is taking place in Myanmar. That the previous regime allowed the friend of the BBS, Wirathu the man who organized the first wave of killing of the Rohingya, into Sri Lanka is a historic blot on our reputation as a civilized country. Let us not do it again.

      • Hopes short lived: bigots supporting bigots.

        “Rejecting reports that Sri Lanka had suspended on arrival visas for Myanmar travellers, the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka said today that it would continue to issue visas for Myanmar nationals as usual, but not for Rohingya refugees.”

  3. Mynammer internal conflicts of Muslim Terrorism has deal by govt of Burma.
    We have no right to denied entry visa to Buddhist Monk-Sri lanka is wrong decision by govt.

    • Saman have you ever been to that country? The moment you see your Sinhalese face they will treat you as a Muslim.Don’t support these racists using the noble religion.They are ethnic cleansing and that should not be allowed.

  4. We strongly protest that Maynner Buddhist Monks to entry visa must grant on arrival?
    We had long good relationship with Burma Monks?

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