Daiyou kangoku

Systemic human rights violations in pre-indictment detention in Japan

Authored by: Saul Takahashi

The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138931176
eBook ISBN: 9781315679891
Adobe ISBN: 9781317395553


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Under the country’s criminal procedure, suspects can be held by the police before being formally charged for up to 23 days. During these 23 days, the detainee is subject to heavy-handed interrogation techniques that sometimes amount to torture, such as sustained sleep deprivation, refusal of contact with family members, and standing or sitting still for long periods in extremely uncomfortable positions. Access to legal counsel is prohibited during interrogation sessions, and criminal suspects are often convicted by the courts on the basis of confessions obtained through these means.

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