On a recent edition of Waatea News, Auckland University legal academic Jane Kelsey revealed that she was on a Philippines government blacklist along with several other New Zealanders.
According to Pinoypress
Human Rights Watch has obtained a copy of a Philippines government blacklist banning 504 people from entering the country in July and August with, according to the document, “Al-Qaeda/Taliban Link.” The Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines Justice Department blacklist includes individuals from more than 50 countries, including expatriate Filipinos.
The blacklist includes individuals from US-based organizations such as Church World Service, the Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Center for Constitutional Rights. It also includes individuals working for the International Labor Solidarity Mission, and from Philippine unions and civil society organizations such as Bayan and Gabriela/Gabnet.
The blacklist went into effect on July 24 and was apparently lifted on August 10. According to a Philippines foreign ministry official, the list was put in place at the time of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministerial meeting held in Manila from July 21 to August 2. Since the government did not publicly announce the blacklist, it is not clear whether this or any other blacklist is in effect at present.
It would be interesting to find out if the list did indeed accuse all 504 people named as having Al Qaeda/Taliban links.
That seems unlikely.
More probable is that only some named were accused of Al Qaeda/Taliban ties but the number was exaggerated to discredit the list.
Ms Kelsey has supported New Zealand’s own home grown accused “terrorists“-the “Urewera 17“-affectionately known as “Te Qaeda.”
She is a patron of the defence fund for those arrested in the October 2007 “anti-terror” raids.