Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide on May 22 said to the press that the Japanese government lodged a protest against an open letter to the Prime Minister from a UN Special Rapporteur presenting a critical view of the “anti-conspiracy” bill.

The letter was recently sent to Prime Minister Abe Shinzo by Joseph Cannataci, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The letter stated that the controversial bill “may affect the exercise of the right to privacy as well as other fundamental public freedoms”.

Special Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council and tasked to investigate and report on particular issues.

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