A rally in Tokyo on April 22 highlighted opposition to a proposed immigration law currently under consideration in Japan’s National Diet, seen as a yet further tightening of the country’s already highly selective refugee system. The rally, under the slogan “Open the Gate for All,” was organized by opposition lawmakers and human rights organizations including Amnesty International Japan and the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, all seeking to halt the legislation currently under consideration in the Diet. The proposed reform would permit asylum-seekers to be deported after a third failed application, and introduce new procedures for forcible deportation of individuals who entered Japan illegally or overstayed their visas. As the bill includes no cap on the length of detention or judicial review of cases, it has been criticized by human rights experts at the United Nations.
More than 100,000 signatures were collected in an online petition prior to the rally, which was delivered to the Diet. This rally is the most recent of several protests that have been held in Japan against the proposed asylum reform. The Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan helda sit-in at the Diet on April 16, with hundreds of participants.
From Jurist, April 24. Used with permission.
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