Deported rights activist seeks explanation from PMStaff Correspondent
Thomas Christian Eskildsen, co-president of Jumma-Net, a global network working on rights of ethnic groups in Bangladesh in a letter to the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, sought explanation for denying him to enter Bangladesh.
‘It was a great shock to be denied entry at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on July 23, 2012. As I had been granted a one-year, multiple-entry visa valid until September 1, 2012, I was aware of no procedural irregularities that would have been grounds for denial of entry,’ he said in the letter.
Thomas was deported to Bangkok on July 24, on allegations of ‘controversial activities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.’
Thomas also mentioned he was ‘unjustly’ ordered to leave Bandarban on January 3, 2012, after being detained and interrogated by intelligence authorities, even though he had obtained an entry permit from the district administration and had been duly screened at the check post.
He demanded a full explanation of the reasons for denial his entry to Bangladesh, and asked for withdrawal of any restrictions on his future travel to Bangladesh including the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Thomas called upon the government to grant foreign visitors, journalists, NGO workers, and human rights activists free access to all parts of Bangladesh, including Chittagong Hill Tracts, so that world may hear the voice of the people, understand the ground reality, and make positive contributions in their respective fields.
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