Death row inmates in Japan file complaint over 'inhumane' alert on same day

Death row inmates in Japan file complaint over 'inhumane' alert on same day


TOKYO - Two death row inmates in Japan are filing a lawsuit against the country for how inmates were told hours before the execution, demanding a change and also asking for compensation for the influence of the "inhumane" practice, a declared their legal representative. Friday.



The death sentence in Japan is carried out by hanging, and the method of not informing inmates of the time just before the execution has long been decried by international human rights organizations for stressing and the anxiety it engenders in prisoners, for whom any type of day may be their last.


On Thursday, in what is believed to be a first, two death row prisoners filed a lawsuit in a district court in the western city of Osaka, claiming the method was illegal because it does not gave inmates time to file an argument, demanding the method be transformed and also asking for 22 million yen ($193,594) in compensation, attorney Yutaka Ueda claimed.


"Death row prisoners live in worry every morning, this day will certainly be the last. It is exceptionally inhumane," he added.


"Japan is really behind the international scene on this."


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The United States and Japan are the only developed freedoms that still carry out the death penalty, and civil rights groups like Amnesty International have demanded changes for decades.


Ueda said there is no legislation requiring that prisoners can only be told about their implementation a few hours before it happens and that the technique really violates the Japanese penal code.


"The central government said it was indicated to prevent the inmates from living before their execution, but that's not an explanation and it's also a big problem, and we really have to see how they react to the game," he said. he added.


"Overseas, prisoners are offered time to contemplate the completion of their lives and prepare themselves psychologically. It's as if Japan is trying as hard as possible not to allow anyone to recognize."


There are currently 112 people on death row in Japan, the Justice Ministry said, although none have been executed for nearly two years. Public opinion polls regularly show that a large part of the population is sentenced to death, which is normally handed down in connection with murder.


Ueda said he hopes the lawsuit can spur conversation in Japan about the concern, although that's not his primary focus.


"This system is seriously flawed - and we would certainly like the general public to turn their eyes to this concern," he added.

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