Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Mission in Japan report, Wednesday 31 March

Our man in Japan, Farshad Hosseini has had indeed eventful days since his arrival in Tokyo on Monday.
First of all he met several of Jamal's friends and supporters in Tokyo and had a long meeting with them to discuss their plans.

Today was very busy with protests and press conferences:

12 noon: Farshad attends the first protest outside the immigration detention headquarters in Tokyo where Jamal is held. More than 50 people participated in the protest, which was organised by friends and supporters of Jamal and other human rights activists. There were Japanese and English language banners in support of asylum seekers. Many journalists and cameracrews had come to report on the protest.

Simultaneously there was a protest of hundreds of detainees with protest signs from inside the building against the immigration authorities' treatment of refugees and the issues in the detention centres. Three Japanese human rights activists went into the building and met with immigration authorities to discuss the situation of the detained refugees.

3pm: Farshad went to the UN’s offices where special rapporteur Jorge Bustamante's press conference was held. Farshad reports that Mr Bustamante’s finding of the situation of migrants in Japan indicates that there are indeed serious issues that need to be addressed by the Japanese government, but more to come on this.

At the press conference Farshad gave a report on Jamal's situation. He afterwards spoke to Mr Bustamante in more detail and was interviewed by several journalists on Jamal’ situation and in connection with this the huma rights situation in Iran
4pm: Second protest of the day in front of the Ministry of Justice building.

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