On 15 October, Japan Federation of Bar Associations will host a symposium titled:

“Considering alternative measures to immigration detention: avoiding the detention of foreigners in Japan.”

There are some fantastic speakers lined up to present including Dr. Grant Mitchell (Director of International Detention Coalition) as keynote speaker and Mr. Daniel Alkhal (Senior Legal Officer, UNHCR Japan). I’m sure it will make for an interesting afternoon!

Symposium information:

There have been significant problems identified with Japanese immigration centres such as the length of detention and an increasing number of refugee applicants among long-term detainees. In line with these issues, many countries have moved toward alternatives to detention in recent years. Furthermore, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Ministry of Justice have recently started discussions regarding the rise in these concerns. At this symposium, officials from the Immigration Office, UNHCR and various NGOs will come together to discuss the improvement of detention conditions and look at alternative measures to detention in Japan.
We welcome the participation of anyone interested.

Flyer (in Japanese) is found here.
 Symposium:  Considering alternative measures to immigration detention in Japan

Date: Saturday, 15 October 2011

Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (Doors open 13:30)

Location: Bengoshi Kaikan: 2nd Floor (Cleo), Meeting Hall (A), Chiyoda Ward, 1-1-3, Tokyo.

Access: By subway (Marunouchi line, Hibiya line, Chiyoda line) to Kasumigaseki Station. Exit from B1-b will take you directly to building.
(Map to venue)

Other: Free of charge, pre-registration not required

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