The Ghanaian's Wife Holds a Press Conference

Regarding the death of Abubakar Awudu Suraj in the hands of the Japanese immigration officers, his Japanese wife along with her lawyer and a representative from APFS held a press conference yesterday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. You can read a Japan Times article by Minoru Matsutani here.

Earlier, I wrote a letter to the Editor at Japan Times, which can be found here.

APFS on its blog encourages the readers to send a message of protest to the Ministry of Justice.


The Ghana Association to Hold a Demonstration in Tokyo on April 12

It has been announced that the Ghana Association, in conjunction with Asian People's Friendship Society (APFS), will organize a demonstration in protest regarding the death of ABUBAKAR AWUDU SURAJ, a Ghanaian who had lived in Japan since 1988. According to this site, it will start at Mikawadai Koen, a three-minute walk from the Roppongi Station, at 10:30 in the morning on April 12; his wife will be present.



Protest against the Immigration Bureau of Japan and the Ministry of Justice

I participated in a protest, organized by Pinkydragon, in front of a detention facility in Shinagawa, Tokyo, and later the Ministry of Justice yesterday. As Minoru Matsutani of The Japan Times reports, various nationals were present, calling against prolonged detention, poor health conditions inside (one doctor for as many as 700 detainees), and suppression of the hunger strike participants at the West Japan Immigration Control Center, among other things. We also demanded thorough investigation on the cause of the death of a Ghanaian aboard flight MS965 at Narita during forced deportation on March 22. I heard there was a Ghanaian present at the protest in Shinagawa, although I missed a chance to talk with him as I arrived late.

I'd like to thank everyone who posted comments about the Ghanaian death. I translated them into Japanese here.