Philippine human rights rep claims denied entry due to involvement with Bersih

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Despite the six-hour delay, Chito Gascon said his time in transit was not an ‘unpleasant experience’, adding that the authorities were very nice and polite towards him. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 — Chito Gascon nearly did not make it to a human rights conference here today in which he had been invited to speak by Malaysia’s National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) and the Kofi Annan Foundation.

The chairman of the Philippines Human Rights Commission who flew into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday afternoon told reporters today he was initially refused entry due to his involvement at an event last year that was also attended by Bersih 2.0 representatives.

An Immigration officer on duty has spotted a note on her screen while processing his entry and led him to a side room in the transit area.

“After around 30 minutes of waiting, they said I wasn’t allowed entry because of a police directive. Shortly after, a police officer stopped by and introduced himself as a member of the Special Branch but did not disclose his name.

“He said I was part of an illegal assembly which was Bersih related,” Gascon told reporters. Read more