China News Service, April 6th. According to Kyodo News, citing information received on the 5th, Gonzalez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur in charge of the human rights of immigrants, and others issued a joint statement on March 31, asking the Japanese government to report to this issue. The amendments to the "Immigration Administration and Refugee Recognition Act" submitted by the National Assembly were improved.
The statement pointed out: "From the perspective of protecting the human rights of immigrants, this does not meet international standards in many respects."
The statement expressed concern that the Japanese amendment still maintains the principle of all-inclusive shelter for illegally stranded persons.
The statement pointed out that although new “supervisory measures” will be established to allow them to live in society through family members and support groups reporting their living conditions, etc., this is positioned as an exceptional response measure that requires high deposits, etc., “too many restrictions will lead to Differences caused by social and economic conditions".
The report pointed out that when applying for refugee identification, some people made repeated applications in order to avoid forced repatriation. The amendment was included in the plan to allow repatriation from the third application. The statement expressed "serious concern" about this.
In addition, the amendment does not specify the upper limit of the containment period, which is also regarded as a problem.
The United Nations "Working Group on Arbitrary Detention" adopted "Opinions" in August 2020, stating that the long-term accommodation of foreigners who refuse to deport the country at entry control facilities "violates the International Covenant on Human Rights" and calls for improvements, which has raised criticisms of Japan.