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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Japan: Suspects Denied Due Process and Fair TrialsThis film tells the story of people that have gone through the criminal system in Japan and have been denied a fair process. They tell us their experience and the consequences. Japan’s system of “hostage justice” denies criminal suspects the rights to due process and a fair trial. The authorities strip suspects of their
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