"Detainees awaiting deportation have been deprived of adequate access to the outside world, including medical doctors of their own choice, lawyers, friends and human rights activists. Some have died in custody, while others have been denied permission to take medicine for chronic diseases."Amnesty International' s report on Abuse in Japan (November 1997)
The Japanese government submitted a report attempting to rebuke the 46-page report (pertaining to illegal documents) in which was stated:
"The second paragraph states that many foreigners in detention centres suffer arbitrary punishments at the hands of Immigration Bureau officials, or are detained, beaten and deprived of access to the outside world due to the mere possession of forged travel documents. However, this description is inaccurate, as imprisonment is always properly performed under relevant legislation. Immigration Bureau officials do not beat suspects on the grounds of possession of forged travel documents, though they may stop them from hiding or destroying evidence, or may restrain them from resorting to violence. The Bureau allows [Immigration Detention Centre] inmates to meet visitors and to dispatch and receive correspondence, unless there are security or health reasons [not to allow such meetings or correspondence]."
In the picture above, Fischer certainly appears in a disheveled state and has reportedly born bruises attesting to his mistreatment. From all available reports he appears to have been denied the rights of due process and was detained under suspicious circumstances. The chess world is completely horrified at these proceedings and at the poor diplomacy shown by the Japanese and U.S. governments in this matter. Fischer has since scrawled the renunciation of his citizenship in a four-page letter addressed to "Peter" at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in an attempt to avoid deportation. Given the obvious abuse, Fischer's pending marriage will certainly complicate matters if in fact Fischer decides to press charges on his abuse. This entire case is a disgrace.
Response by Japanese Government (February 1998)
ChessBase.com, "Fischer Renounces U.S. Citizenship"
The Chess Drum, "Opinion: The Bobby Fischer Dilemma"
(Thanks to James Jackson for forwarding the Amnesty International report.)