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Friday, December 24, 2004

Japan: Detainees seeking asylum claim abuse by guards

from The Japan Times Online:

Lawyers working on behalf of people seeking asylum in Japan filed a criminal accusation Monday against the head of the Higashi-Nihon Immigration Center and its guards, alleging they assaulted and injured detainees.

More than 50 detainees, mostly Myanmarese and Kurdish, at the center in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, went on a one-day hunger strike calling for better treatment earlier this month and some were injured when guards violently suppressed them, the lawyers said.

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