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Rohingya Asylum Seeker Dies in Japan

25 October 2013

A Rohingya man seeking asylum in Japan has died in an immigration detention center after officials allegedly failed to provide prompt medical attention, reports Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper. Citing a statement released on Thursday by the People’s Forum on Burma, a Japanese NGO, the report said that the man, 57-year-old Anwar Hussin, fell ill shortly after he was detained on Oct. 9. On the day of his death, he complained of headaches and lost consciousness as he began eating lunch in his cell. Fellow inmates said that they called for help after he started vomiting and having spasms, but staff at the immigration center didn’t call the on-duty doctor because he was having lunch.