Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Japanese Immigration Detainees Launch Hunger Strike Over Death

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Reuters reports that immigrants held in a Japanese immigration detention center have gone on a hunger strike over the death of a detainee. An Indian man died in an apparent suicide last week at the East Japan Immigration Centre, northwest of Tokyo. Activists have said the man killed himself a day after being denied release.

Detainees began refusing food over the weekend, with the strike since spreading to an unspecified number of inmates,

The death was the 14th at a Japanese immigration detention center since 2006, a toll that has led to wide criticism over standards of medical care, the monitoring of detainees held in solitary and guards' responses to medical emergencies.

As Reuters describes, "Immigration remains a prickly subject in Japan, where cultural and ethnic homogeneity remain deeply rooted even as the population shrinks and companies grapple with the worst labor shortages for more than four decades."

KJ

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