Japan will grant asylum to a footballer from Myanmar’s nationwide workforce who raised an anti-coup salute throughout a match exterior Tokyo and refused to fly residence, studies mentioned Friday.
Substitute goalkeeper Pyae Lyan Aung raised the three-finger salute because the nationwide anthem performed earlier than a World Cup qualifier in opposition to Japan in May.
He then mentioned he had determined to hunt asylum in Japan as a result of his life could be “in danger” if he returned to Myanmar.
The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil for the reason that navy’s February coup, with over 900 killed and greater than 7,000 arrested in a bloody crackdown, in keeping with an area monitoring group.
The three-finger salute has steadily been used as a present of resistance by protesters throughout demonstrations.
Multiple main Japanese media shops, citing nameless sources, mentioned the federal government had determined to grant the participant refugee standing.
The footballer’s lawyer instructed AFP he was not conscious of the end result of the asylum declare, including that his consumer was attributable to report back to Osaka immigration workplace on August 20.
Public broadcaster NHK mentioned Japan’s immigration company deliberate to certify the participant’s refugee standing subsequent week. The company was not instantly reachable for remark.
Japan accepts simply dozens of asylum purposes annually.
But in May, the justice ministry mentioned Myanmar residents already within the nation would be capable to lengthen their stays as an emergency measure.
Also in May, two officers at Myanmar’s embassy in Tokyo had been dismissed because the junta sacked diplomatic employees around the globe who had opposed the coup.
The embassy instructed Japan’s international ministry that diplomatic visas for the pair would now not be legitimate — however no motion has been taken to revoke their visas, a ministry official instructed AFP on Friday.
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