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Rally in Tokyo Protests Prolonged Detention of Foreigners

Rally in Tokyo Protests Prolonged Detention of Foreigners

   Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)--A rally was held in Tokyo on Thursday to call for an end to the prolonged detention of foreigners at immigration facilities across Japan, with a woman pleading for the immediate release of her detained husband, who is on hunger strike.
   "My husband believes a hunger strike is the only way for him to be released, and he has lost 8 kilograms since he was detained again," the Japanese wife of the 24-year-old Kurdish asylum-seeker said at a news conference after the rally. "I want him back as soon as possible."
   In July, her husband launched a hunger strike to seek provisional release during his detention at the Higashi-Nihon Immigration Center in the Ibaraki Prefecture city of Ushiku, northeast of Tokyo.
   He was provisionally released in October, more than two years after he was confined for unauthorized labor. But the authorities detained him again just two weeks later, although a doctor diagnosed him as requiring long-term treatment for epilepsy.
   "Nothing bad will happen if he is released. He's not a criminal," said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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