Britain welcomes visitors from around the world. But foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area may come to the UK only 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 they will not normally be permitted to enter the UK.
The year 2012 saw London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We put in place arrangements to ensure that the many national delegations accredited to the games, which numbered many thousands of individuals, were checked for anyone who might be responsible for human rights abuses. The vast majority of delegates gave no cause for concern. But a handful of cases arose that merited closer evaluation to establish whether there was independent, reliable and credible evidence of involvement in human rights abuses sufficient for us to conclude that the applicant’s presence here would not be conducive to the public good. As a result of this process two individuals were not accredited to the games.