The government has recently imposed very strict restrictions on foreigners’ travels to the CHT. According to the new rules, apart from having a passport and visa and permission from the Home and Foreign Ministry, foreigners will have to take prior permission from the respective Deputy Commissioners. Also, a prohibition has been placed on foreigners and foreign nationals on holding discussions with any indigenous groups or religious groups without the presence of a responsible officer.
The Jana Sanghati Samity (JSS) and other NGOs have complained that the movement of donor organizations and representatives of international organizations has been negatively affected as a result of this new decision. But government sources have said that this decision was taken after proof had been found of unethical and anti-state activities by some foreigners who had come to the CHT in the name of human rights and religion.