Bangladeshi, 39 other detainees go on hunger strike in Japan

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 13 May 2017, 17:00:26

Bangladeshi, 39 other detainees go on hunger strike in Japan

Bangladeshi, 39 other detainees go on hunger strike in Japan
Almost 40 detained asylum seekers, including a Bangladeshi, went on a hunger strike at an immigration centre in Japan protesting prolonged and multiple detentions.

A support group working with the detainees, said that the number of demonstrators was almost 40 and that they include citizens of 12 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Peru, Cameroon and Nigeria, reports the Japan Times on Friday.

It quoted the group saying that the demonstrators' demand was that Japan revise its policy, especially in regard to prolonged or consecutive detentions.

Although, officials at Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau said as many as 20 detainees went on a hunger strike.

“We are carefully responding to the situation and keeping an eye open for those who may become sick,” the report quoted Kazuyuki Tokui, an official at the bureau’s security division.

Justice ministry official Shigeki Otsuki confirmed some detainees were refusing to eat, reports Reuters.

Otsuki said he could not immediately say if detentions were rising, but said 387 men and 189 women were currently held at the Tokyo centre.

The Provisional Release Association in Japan, a group working with the detainees, said the strike started from Tuesday.

"Those taking part in the strike are asylum seekers or others who have lived here for decades as migrant workers," Mitsuru Miyasako, who heads the group, told the Japan Times.

In March this year, two Bangladeshi asylum seekers were detained by Japan authorities, who were tricked to work in radioactive contamination cleaning.

According to the bureau, which is overseen by the country's justice ministry, 560 detainees are being held at the facility.

Japan accepted just 28 asylum seekers last year from a record 10,901 applications.
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