Representatives and supporters of minority groups issued a united call Tuesday for a robust antidiscrimination law.

The joint statement, led by the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism Japan Committee, was announced by 71 groups active in human and minority rights in Japan.

The statement says that Japan's antiterrorism measures have marginalized minorities, including the Ainu, the people of Okinawa, the "burakumin," and Korean and Chinese residents of Japan as well as other foreigners and migrants.