The Japanese documentary filmmaker Toru Kubota, who was released in early November by the Burmese junta that has ruled the country since the coup that took place in January 2021, has demanded that the Japanese government take action against the Burmese Army to end with the violation of Human Rights in the Asian country.
Thus, the 26-year-old has stressed that the Japanese authorities “must be more proactive” when it comes to condemning the violation of Human Rights in Burma and has stressed that “Japan has a large presence in Burma, including economically”.
“I hope that in the future there will be an in-depth analysis of how the money delivered to Burma is invested and how it is used to harm the population,” said Kubota, who was arrested in the city of Rangoon on July 30 for film a small demonstration against the Burmese military junta.
In this sense, he has emphasized that both the Government and the population “have a responsibility” in this regard, according to the newspaper ‘The Japan Times’. In addition, he has warned that the detention conditions in the country are “hell on earth” and has indicated that the situation is becoming “desperate” for a large part of the population.
Kubota was released along with some 5,800 prisoners under an amnesty agreement reached earlier this month, but he recalled that “this does not change the fact that there are another 12,000 people who are still incarcerated.”
In October he was sentenced to seven years in prison for sedition after being held at gunpoint and after a trial he has called rigged. Subsequently, he was sentenced to three years in prison for violating the conditions of his visa to enter the country.