Japan passes ‘brutal’ counter-terror law despite fears over civil liberties

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/japan-passes-brutal-new-terror-law-which-opponents-fear-will-quash-freedoms

Critics including UN expert fear legislation passed by Abe government could target ordinary citizens and deter grassroots opposition to government policies

Protesters shout slogans as they protest against an anti-conspiracy bill outside parliament building in Tokyo.
 Protesters shout slogans as they protest against an anti-conspiracy bill outside parliament building in Tokyo. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties.

The ruling Liberal Democratic party and its junior coalition partner pushed the bill through the upper house of Japan’s parliament as thousands of people protested outside.

The vote on the bill, which has been delayed three times amid widespread public opposition, came after a…

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One thought on “Japan passes ‘brutal’ counter-terror law despite fears over civil liberties

  1. They can use such a law to shut down any opposition to environmental issues and the infamous killings of dolphins and whales. Not that there is much of an opposition as it is, but with such laws passing all hopes of that ever happening is now zero.

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