Japan Apologizes for Death of Sri Lankan Immigrant in Detention

Japan apologized on Tuesday for the death of a Sri Lankan woman while in immigration custody and promised to improve the system.

According to Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa, Wishma Sandamali died due to inadequate treatment which led to the deterioration of her health. 

Sandamali was held for overstaying her visa after allegedly sought police protection to flee an abusive relationship.

Beginning in January, Sandamali allegedly complained regularly of stomach discomfort and other ailments, and activists claimed that she received insufficient medical treatment.

“I extend my deepest condolences to her mother and grieving family, as well as my deepest regrets for [the] loss of her beautiful life in the detention center,” Kamikawa said.

According to NHK, four personnel at the detention institution were “reprimanded” over the tragedy.

Sandamali’s family has continued asking Japan for information regarding her death, claiming that the government’s pronouncements are insufficient.


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