May 18, 2023
  • Japan’s system of “hostage justice” denies criminal suspects the rights to due process and a fair trial, often holding them in pretrial detention for months or even years.
  • These abusive practices have resulted in lives and families being torn apart, as well as wrongful convictions.
  • Japanese authorities should urgently reform the criminal justice system to bring it in line with international standards of presumption of innocence and individual liberty.

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