The Justice Ministry announced Friday that this summer it will start allowing foreign detainees awaiting deportation at 18 immigration facilities to lodge complaints with the heads of the facilities in the event they are treated badly.

The measure will be taken to better protect the rights of those who have been detained on suspicion of violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law.

Under the new scheme, the heads of the facilities will be obliged to swiftly examine the complaints and inform those who made them of the result of the investigation.

If the complainants have an objection to the result of the investigation, they will be able to lodge an objection with the justice minister.

The immigration facilities in question are three centers, eight regional offices, five district offices and two branch offices under the jurisdiction of the Immigration Bureau.

Currently, the heads of these facilities hear general opinions from detainees through messages left in a complaints box, but are not obliged to act on the complaints.

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