Sri Lanka reopens eastern border with India

Reuters Kandy, Sri Lanka | AFP | Sri Lanka said Wednesday it was reopening its eastern border crossing with India to a halt to a practice of immigration officials detaining, interrogating and sometimes mistreating…

Sri Lanka reopens eastern border with India

Reuters

Kandy, Sri Lanka | AFP | Sri Lanka said Wednesday it was reopening its eastern border crossing with India to a halt to a practice of immigration officials detaining, interrogating and sometimes mistreating travelers.

The northern border in Jaffna which has been in the grip of a separatist war since 1983 will also be reopened, the border security forces said.

The moves will increase the number of international tourists to Sri Lanka’s tourist hotspots in the Maldives, Sri Lanka’s neighbour on the Indian Ocean island.

Officials have previously called for an end to the use of government passports to detain suspected illegal migrants for weeks.

A total of 77 countries issued Sri Lankan citizens their passports, or refused to issue one, leaving them legally unable to travel.

“As we commenced the work of developing mechanisms to simplify and rationalise procedures, the process of allocating passports was decided to be restricted to the most recent process,” the security forces said in a statement.

The Commonwealth has also urged Sri Lanka to end the practice of detaining people for months before deporting them to their countries of origin.

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