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Hunger Strike: unidentified Nigerian dies in a Japanese immigration detention centre

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A Nigerian man has died in a Japanese detention centre, the man was been held  in detention for more than three years,

RINK, a group supporting detainees at the centre confirmed the incident to the media.

The said  man, in his 40s, died on Monday after he fainted and was taken to the hospital.

The man was protesting his been held for  so long and then indulged in hunger strike.

Going on hunger strike, is a very common phenomenon in Japan’s detention facility, with more and more detained foreigners involved, it is been reported that 27 foreigners are also on  hunger strike at a detention center in Ushiku, northeast of Tokyo, according to a separate group supporting detainees at that facility.

“Some of them have gone without food for 47 days,” said Kimiko Tanaka, a spokeswoman for the group.

 Japanese authorities  confirmed that the detained foreigners often times  embarked  on hunger strike, but  said they cater to their medical needs, and always persuaded them to have some food.

Japan held more than 1500 offenders, among the detained are 604 asylum seekers whose applications were rejected, and also for  other immigration offences.

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