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Japan detention centre immigrants start hunger strike

Japan detention centre immigrants start hunger strike
From BBC - April 17, 2018

Foreigners held in a Japanese detention centre have started a hunger strike over the death of a fellow detainee.

An Indian man was found hanged in a shower on Friday night at the centre northeast of Tokyo.

He was reportedly depressed about how long authorities were taking to decide his immigration status.

"We presume that they have refused food to push for provisional release," centre official Daisuke Akinaga told AFP.

Japan has restrictive immigration laws and accepts very few asylum seekers.

Officials did not comment on the number of strikers or their nationalities, but Kyodo News says there are over 40 protesting while immigration activists say it could be many more.

Authorities say around 330 people are currently being held at the centre in Ibaraki.

This is the 14th death at a Japanese immigration detention centre since 2006.

Iranian national Majid Seyed Nejat told Reuters that he and 19 others held in the same block as the dead man launched the protest.

"We want to know what responsibility [officials] will take for the death," he said.

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