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April 13, 2010

The Free Choice Foundation launches new petitions for foreign-resident rights

flagpole.jpegThe Free Choice Foundation, which was instrumental in persuading the Ministry of Justice to withdraw the guideline linking visa renewal to being on government health insurance, is launching new petitions for foreign-resident rights. This time, their online petition is a multi-choice form which allows you to petition the government on a number of rights issues that concern non-Japanese living in Japan. You can elect to support up to 8 issues at the same time.

The petitions cover the following issues:

- revising the Nationality Law so dual-citizenship is recognized.

- banning police from stopping and questioning foreigners without due cause.

- signing the Hague Treaty to give equal rights to both parents and prevent one parent abducting a child to Japan.

- banning fingerprinting at re-entry.

- enacting new anti-discrimination laws.

- giving voting rights to permanent residents.

- improving the treatment of detainees in immigration detention.

Click here for the petitions and to get more information.

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