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Amnesty International to Japan: Don't Deport Filipino Couple

Inquirer.net, news, Posted: Mar 22, 2009

MANILA, Philippines -- Amnesty International [AI] has called on the Japanese government to halt the deportation of a Filipino couple without legal status and allow them to remain in Japan with their 13-year-old daughter. The human rights group said Tokyo should prioritize Noriko Calderon's need to be with her parents Arlan and Sarah Calderon, who have been given until Monday to leave Japan voluntarily or be deported. In a statement, Roseann Rife, AI Asia-Pacific deputy program director said, "Japan must uphold its international obligation by placing the interests of the child as the primary consideration in all actions, and deporting Noriko's parents would clearly be counter to her best interests." Noriko, who was born in Japan and speaks only Japanese, has been told by the Japanese justice ministry that she must choose between going to the Philippines with her parents, who are facing deportation because of their irregular status, and remaining in Japan. Earlier, Noriko stated publicly that she wished to remain in Japan.

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