KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4, 2015:

The issue of activist Hishamuddin Rais being barred from leaving the country yesterday could be considered as a breach of human rights.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua said those who were barred from leaving the country should have been informed earlier by the authorities, even before they had reached the airport.

“I was shocked by this incident,

“What kind of threat was the activist to the country which led him being barred from leaving the country?” he asked.

Chua pointed out that Hishamuddin was not currently under police investigation which raises questions on why he was barred from going to another country, adding that the grounded passenger had already incurred expenses from the flight bookings.

Hishamuddin, who was on his way to Seoul in Korea to attend a forum there, was stopped by Immigration Department officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday evening.

However, although he did not know the reason for the barring, Hishamuddin said he was due to attend court proceedings in January next year on sedition charges.

Hishamuddin when contacted, said he was also surprised by the barring as he had previously flown to London without any obstacle.

“The trial is next year but why am I prevented from leaving the country now?” he asked.

Meanwhile the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) has demanded that the government explain the matter.

The group’s steering committee said Hishamuddin, a well known social activist and writer, was scheduled to fly to Seoul for Forum Asia via invitation from Korea’s People Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) to observe a peaceful assembly in the Seoul City Plaza tomorrow.

The invitation was sent to Bersih 2.0 and Hishamuddin was serving as its representative.

“We strongly feel that there is no reason whatsoever to deny him the freedom of movement, as entrenched in Article 9 of the Federal Constitution,” said Bersih.

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