Amnesty International criticized Japan on Tuesday for violating international standards by forcefully deporting detained foreigners against their will, including some undergoing medical treatment or preparing to appeal their refugee status.

The human rights group said that since the beginning of the year, at least four Iranian detainees at the Eastern Japan Immigration Detention Center in Ibaraki Prefecture have been forcefully deported without their consent or prior notice. They were not permitted to contact their families in Japan, lawyers or supporters before being deported.

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