Japan’s immigration system is violating the international human rights law by detaining foreigners who have illegally overstayed their visas for long periods of time, according to a United Nations working group.
The criticism is contained in an opinion brief the working group sent to the Japanese government.
The group investigated the issue after receiving appeals from two male foreign nationals who were detained for long periods in Japan.
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention under the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) issued the brief on Sept. 23.
The group consists of scholars and experts who specialize in human rights issues and related laws.
Deniz Yengin, a 41-year-old Turkish national who is a Kurd, and Heydar Safari Diman, a 51-year-old Iranian national, reported their cases to the working group in October 2019.
“It is the first time for a working group of the U.N. to say that the