February 21, 2018

Nigerian activist’s asylum plea rejected in Japan –  report

Nigerian activist’s asylum plea rejected in Japan –  report

A Nigerian activist, who sought asylum in Japan, has reportedly been held in solitary confinement at a detention centre in capital Tokyo for the past two weeks. Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza was detained after authorities rejected her plea for granting her asylum.

The 48-year-old is believed to be a prominent campaigner for asylum seekers in the country as well as for the thousands of people who are on “provisional release” from immigration detention. This status bars foreigners from working and travelling freely in the country, although they are allowed to get out of the detention centres.

According to Reuters, Obueza’s case is being seen as efforts by Tokyo to crackdown on foreigners living in the country without valid visas. Read more

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