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Amnesty slams Japan for forcefully deporting foreigners.

TOKYO, Jan. 27 Kyodo

Human rights group Amnesty International Japan on Tuesday criticized the country for violating international standards by forcefully deporting detained foreigners against their will, including some undergoing medical treatment or preparing to appeal their refugee status.

Amnesty said that since the beginning of the year, at least four Iranian detainees at the Eastern Japan Immigration Detention Center in Ibaraki Prefecture have been forcefully deported without their consent or prior notice. They were also unable to contact their families in Japan, lawyers or supporters before being deported.

According to the group, some families said the deportees were detained by local authorities after being sent back to Iran.

Amnesty said in a statement that Japan, which acceded to the U.N. convention against torture in 1999, must ensure that foreigners who may face torture upon returning to their countries should not be deported.

The human rights group also reiterated concern over a joint declaration issued in October by the immigration authorities, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to swiftly deport illegal foreigners will result in inhumane treatment.
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