Updated: April 30, 2012 12:21 IST

Invoke new visa rules to keep Narendra Modi out, say human rights campaigners in the U.K.

  • Hasan Suroor
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. File photo
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. File photo

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi could be among those likely to be affected by new immigration rules under which non-European Union citizens accused of serious human rights abuses may be banned from entering Britain.

Rights campaigners on Sunday said they would demand that the proposed rules be used to keep out Mr. Modi because of his alleged role in the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

There were widespread protests when he was allowed to visit Britain in 2003, and a planned visit in 2005 was called off at the last minute after a determined bid by rights groups to get an arrest warrant against him.

The South Asia Solidarity Group said such a law must be applied to Mr. Modi as his role in the Gujarat “genocide” was well-documented.

“We as a group are not in favour of Britain monitoring human rights abuses in other countries but if there is going to be such a law it should be used to ban Narendra Modi because a wide range of human rights groups and independent organisations, including Amnesty, have noted his role in the Gujarat genocide. We hope political considerations will not override this in case of Mr. Modi,” said its spokesperson Amrit Wilson.

Currently, only those regarded as a threat to national security can be denied entry into Britain but the new rules, expected to be announced on Monday as part of the Government's Human Rights Report, would allow Ministers to refuse visa in cases where there is “reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses.”

The Observer quoted one official as saying that this would mean that those involved in serious human rights abuses such as torture, murder or illegal detention “won't have an open ticket to the U.K.”

The Foreign Office declined to give details saying the report was embargoed until Monday morning.

There was scepticism in some circles whether the rule would be fairly and uniformly applied after it emerged that there would be no blanket ban on human rights abusers and Ministers would still have the discretion to waive it in individual cases.

“It looks like an attempt to target those the government of the day doesn't like rather than a serious bid to deter human rights abusers,” said one campaigner.

The policy of VISA is itself against the Human Rights. According to
article 13 of the Universal declaration of human rights, it states
that (1)Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence
within the borders of each state.
(2)Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and
to return to his country.
Then how can the Human Rights campaigners themselves to invoke new VISA rules? Many of the rules in the present are baseless which was executed for the status and power of the designation without considering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the constitution of the respective country. Unless and until every governing agencies starts working for their purpose we cannot establish a world of peace and unity.

from:  Dr.Priya Prabhakar
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 11:18 IST

It is shame that Indian Government is not responding against U.K at this.

from:  prateek
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 18:17 IST

Those who talk about Gujarat riots should also speak about how it all stared. Thanks!

from:  Saurabh Jain
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 18:14 IST

Narendra Modi has shown his strength even in foreign country. UK is
changing its laws only to prosecute Modi.

from:  Jayant Kumar
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 16:07 IST

What about the SL Rajapakse and his regime partners? How Britain allowed and accepted an alleged war criminal to serve at the SL High Commission in the UK?

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 16:04 IST

If Mr Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister in 2014 ????

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 15:01 IST

They have every right to make laws for their own country.We cannot
dictate them

from:  vickey palzor lepcha
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 14:52 IST

The Centre Government should take strong notice of this by Britain and
UK. No court in world has convicted Mr.Modi. He is a BJP Chief
Minister of Gujarat but he is also a part of India. It is the duty of
Central Government to look into the matter and take strong action
against the decision of USA and UK.

from:  Kamal Sharma
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 14:48 IST

Well! the UK does not really have the moral high ground to start accusing others of
high crimes.

The sad part is not the move by the UK to ban Modi from entering but the fact that
he still is not behind bars for the open complicity in the Gujarat massacres. For all
the Modi fanatics here, let me remind you that he was elected to office to maintain
the rule of law and not some fancy "RamRajya". He failed to maintain order and
stop the massacre of innocents and that simply demonstrates gross

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 14:30 IST

If the Americans and British are so keen on displaying their Human
Rights track record...Why can't they issue footage of the Guantanamo
bay prison. The biggest offenders of the human rights are the
Americans & British, who think they can do any thing in the world. In
World War 2, America had bombed 2 Japanese cities. If they would have
any human values, they would have fought the war on the front against
trained soldiers and not have killed innocent civilians. If the
Americans are so keen, on human rights, why is it that the 50% of the
global defence expenditure is done by US. I am sure that both the
countries would be spreading a RED CARPET for the same person to whom
they have denied VISA, once he becomes the PM of India.

from:  Nirav
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 14:29 IST

Not a surprise, after all UK is nothing but follower of US. UK, please go ahead.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 13:03 IST

Why all the while chanting MODI when he is not interested in entering those countries try to avoid him?. If Modi is called mass killer how about the Gandhi family the dynasty. Then you can call all the Spaniards, Britishers, Americans and the like Who killed millions either after invasion of the countries which they had not seen before or bombed the countries to kill millions calling it as a war.These people who call Modi a mass murderer are either afraid of Him or They have some ulterior motives under their bosom.

from:  hrr
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:59 IST

It's time, Narendra Modi takes control of BJP. Loh Purush failed misrebly, He said he did not know the IA Plane Hi-jack. Even great leader is a human being, mistakes bound to happen. Do not bother, give support to their good intentions !! Jai Hind!

from:  Wglite
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:42 IST

The only 'humans rights campaigner' being cited in this article is an outfit called South Asia Solidarity. Has the author or his editors even bothered checking up on the authenticity of this organisation? No one in the UK has even heard of it and it is run by one sole person Amrit Wilson who is clearly rabidly anti-Indian given the vitriol that is spouted on its flimsy website. Everyone expects better source checking from the Hindu.

from:  sid
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:42 IST

It's a shame on us that we are not able to give justice to so many people who lost their loved one's in Gujrat Roits.Still we are ignoring the fact that Modi was responsible for Gujrat Roits by unvalid reasons such as Solar Project. Many people potrait him as the next PM. what day of shame it will be for INDIA and it's so called Democracy. We can't allow some one to come and kill few people from our family and them fogive the killer if he does few good things after that....would anyone accept it?? NOPE is guess...That's the truth..people who suffered can only realize...

from:  Jaspreet Singh
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:41 IST

Modi is the target of Media and vote bank politics people. If the Media needs some sensationalism ( like what Hindu News paper is doing now in Tamil Nadu) then it will take up the topic of Modi. No other politicians in this country is being targetted by Media like this. This is atrocious and unfair practice of Media.

from:  Aravindh
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:34 IST

difficult to understand, why we Asians are so obsessed with visas of western countries. we have to stand in queue, give interview & give our bank statement to get their visa stamped on our passport. why should we do that. What happened to our pride and dignity.

from:  Prad
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:32 IST

The CM is being tried when the PM is from a rival political party. I think his trail would be fair. I will believe whatever verdict is given. Let's not pronounce him guilty yet by banning from entering USA or UK.

from:  Dheeraj
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:20 IST

Why is the ruler of Bahrain allowed to visit UK despite human rights abuses is it because he is muslim so its ok

from:  sayeda
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 12:03 IST

U.S. denial to issue visa for Modi and possibility of U.K. taking similar step confirms that Indian justice system holds no value outside India and should not be taken seriously. Indians cheering up the move of US seem to have greater faith in justice system of US so it can be safely assumed they all agree with US war against Iraq and Afghanistan.

from:  Sahil
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:27 IST

Amaan and Xavier : Which court has convicted Modi ? Till that time, I request everyone to shut up and not sing some stories. It is a shame on USA and UK, and the loss is not Modi's.

from:  Arun Subbu
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:18 IST

Dear Mr. Praveen , i agree with you , but US & UK can't speak about human values , and we should not refer to what they say. 2nd world war was planned by US , Iran- Iraq war was planned by US , and nobody can forget what they did in Iraq.

from:  Naveen
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:17 IST

simply medias highlighting the unwanted news.

from:  sunil
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:15 IST

Correctly said Mr. shubhabrata, not only Gujarati all Indians from US & UK returns to India, then sure our economy i'll increase. Don't know why Indians are not thinking about it. Also our news publishers are giving more importance in publishing negative things.

from:  Kasi
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:13 IST

It is not good applying such laws to modi. Modi is good human being and a great leader to our country and all those false propaganda should not be carried out always.

from:  megavath saida
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:09 IST

good joke....The UK has the worst history of human rights abuses. This is an insult to India. We should also have similar policies to keep out those in power in US & UK. See the atrocities in Vietnam,India an d many other countries the politicians of these countries have perpetrated and are still doing the same.

from:  chubu
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:05 IST

I wish to see if these rights group dare raise the same issue against the President of United States and the Prime Minister of UK for the human rights violation in Abu Ghrarib, Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo prison?

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 11:01 IST

There is no smoke without fire. USA and UK are reminding us of our weak policies. Some people are heading our states who are not even allowed to enter other's land. Disgraceful. Patriotism is a pure word and should not be attached with every body, who has applied Dirty Politics on religion against humanity.

from:  Sahil Modi
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 10:43 IST

Ofcourse he inaugurated world's largest power plant. Mean time we should not forget that he executed a great state sponsored genocide in Gujarat. We should appreciate Narendra bhai for keeping his face as if nothing went wrong.

from:  amaan
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 10:10 IST

Some people think that if a politician is development friendly, then he can commit any crime and walk freely.Those who praise Modi purposefully forget his criminal inaction during the Gujarath Riots and his communal background. Visa denials like these acts as a shock treatment to people who think they can do anything they would like to do and then walk around freely giving lectures on communal nationalism.

from:  Praveen K Vaidyan
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 10:08 IST

Narendra Bhai is not being issued visa for US and now I heard Britain has also decided the same. Actually Narendra Bhai should not go to those countries where corrupted and terrorist people have open access but patriotic Indian like Kalam and Modi are insulted. I will rather say all patriotic Gujaraties should leave those countries. I have firm believe that they will be gracefully accepted in present Modi's Gujarat. Earlier also during crisis in one of the countries Narndra Bhai did the same request. We Indian don't know our capabilities and importance. See the condition of US and Britain if the Gujaraties leave there decide to leave those countries. Their financial graph will fall like anything and same time Gujarat will prosper like never before.

from:  Shubhabrata
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 08:43 IST

I don't know why all these medias highlighting Modi in a negative way. Last week he Inaugurated World's largest Solar Power plant in Gujarat and I didn't found any news regarding that in our top newspapers.

from:  Prasanth
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 08:42 IST

The question is who decides what is 'reliable and credible evidence'. That loophole has serious chances of being abused, and can be furthered as a tool for human rights abuse. Talk about irony..

from:  Hareesh
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 08:36 IST

It is an attack on India's sovereignty and judiciary. When no court of law in India has convicted him who are these organizations to hold an Indian national, who is also a democratically elected chief minister of an Indian state, accountable for something that he never did? Since when Amnesty International or Human Rights Organizations, whose bias is too obvious when it comes to developing countries, have become jurists? Where did they hold the trial? You can not go by feeling based perceptions. If we go by popular feelings then Tony Blair and George Bush are also criminals, infact, far bigger criminals. It is unfortunate that some Indians living abroad have chosen to attack India for some personal gains and publicity.Indian Govt must take this matter with US and UK governments as it is a matter of national honour. Had Mr Modi been convicted by law of land, I would have supported the call for his arrest. India needs to identify the people who are behind this movement and punish them.

from:  Harish
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 08:29 IST

actually UK is doing politics on the matter. because narendra is a excellent leader as well as a nice person even so many muslims also realize same. he made Gujrat in international map. so i think UK is not happy with the prosperity of Gujrat. i say England should think again

from:  raghuvesh tiwari
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 08:26 IST

Good to see some countries standing against the evil taht we have in our country, though some people in our own country treat him as god. Just because he is good at economic reforms, doesn't take away the bad things that he did to his own people.

from:  Xavier S
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 08:24 IST

What moral right does UK have to talk about Human rights abuses and Genocides. just by going a bit deep into history you can find that UK was involved in mass killing in the name of Colonial rule, and there attitude has not changed even today, see what happened in Iraq, Libiya and Vietnam, what was UK doing there, were they helping out the injured during the war, no they were actively involved in mass killing by becoming a member of the so called allied force. Was this not a mass killing or Genocide. They can do anything in the name of war. Our media should me more active to bring out these Vultures to broad day light.

from:  shejuguru
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 07:35 IST

None of the indian court convicted him. he is a democratically elected
leader. It is highly unfair

from:  B Sivanesan
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 02:12 IST

Its a right step taken indeed. His role during Gujrat riot is not hidden. He was last denied entry by US now consideration by UK is a welcome step..

from:  khurram sajjad
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 01:59 IST

Narendra Modi has been elected democratically in India. india has a judiciary to take
care of Modi, and no other country in the world can teach us if an Indian leader is fit to
visit their land.

We should look beyond party politics, as this is a matter of national dignity.

Modi should be allowed to visit which ever country he wants to for him to function, and
represent his state.

Western countries apply double standards. Israeli leaders have free access, so are the
arab leaders and chinese.

Europe and USA have no monopoly over human rights and Indians are wise enough to
screen who should or shouldn't leave the nation.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 01:50 IST

Dont the right's organizations know that the Supreme Court monitored team has found no evidence againts Mr.Modi? If the rights organizatiosn refuse to accept the SC verdict they should be prosecuted under indian laws for contempt of court.

from:  Prasanna Ammiraju
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 at 00:18 IST

First Mr.Modi be proved guilty by the Courts of India. To my knowledge there is documented proof against him . Once the courts proves his guilty, then the Rights activist will have the right to ask for his ban. For now let them target their ire against Mr. Rajapakshe whose govt. was responsible for the death of thousands of Tamil civilians as proved by Channel 4 from UK.

from:  hari
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 22:13 IST

USA may have its internal reasons to block anybody's visa but they will harm themselves. USA and UK should consider that Indian Judiciary has all the facts before it so they are most likely to prevail upon matters and be fair to everyone concerned. USA has nothing vary great material except some jealous morons to influence their decisions which are not based on facts and figures. Mr. Modi is elected leader of masses and Con-gress is spreading malicious information which will stick more on the face of Con-gress. In case of Mr. Modi Con-gress and media will be looser.

from:  D. K. Shishodiya
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 21:28 IST

Probably Jallianwala Bagh massacre was not a very serious human rights

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 21:25 IST

I am least interested in whether Modi gets a visa or not. if UK does not want to give visa, it is their policy. why do you crave for such acceptances? He is elected leader. We all know that the democratic opinion is not always correct. Anyway, so called group should try to get justice from the Indian system. if Amnesty notes such role, it is not the confirmation that Modi was involved. It seems that a group based in UK is interested in well-being of India. In such case, they should try chaging indian system.Involving third party such as UK will not work. Soverignty of India has first priority.

from:  Ketan
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 21:21 IST

We have to learn from the UK when it comes to manufacturing innovative laws rooted in discrimination. Who else could have thought of "non European Union citizens ACCUSED of human rights violations"? It would be perfectly fine for somebody from the EU to visit the UK even after being convicted of human rights crimes. But those from the sub continent can be denied a visa simply by being accused of violations. Besides Modi, many leaders can be conveniently accused of human rights violations for their role in various other incidents such as the anti Sikh riots in 1984. And honestly will any military leader from Pakistan qualify for a visa?

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 21:02 IST

I seriously doubt the genuine efficacy of this rule. In order to black-list a candidate for visa, will Britons look for his records in home or will they have their own assessment of HR violations? The former is likely to be very weak (eg. does any court in Syria convict Saad) and the latter is a violation of soveriegnity and is likely to be very biased (eg.China compares Dalai Lama with Hitler). In case of Modi, both the points are very weak. He is democratically elected leader of a democratic nation whose higher courts have aquited him. If one can see murderer in him, George W Bush can be seen murder too.

from:  Shashank
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 20:41 IST

Dont really see a reason for UK or US to interfere in our internal matters. Similarly, see no reason for Mr. Modi to get wasted by them. He has done better for Gujrat without having visited US or UK or the world than some of the leaders have done for the country by visiting half of the world at tax payers money.

from:  Rajarshi
Posted on: Apr 29, 2012 at 20:36 IST
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