U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy has again taken the Abe administration to task over anti-conspiracy legislation rammed through the Diet despite a public outcry.

Joseph Cannataci condemned the government for not holding sufficient debate on the contentious law, complaining that it offers no safeguards on the issue of privacy protection.

Addressing an Oct. 2 symposium in Tokyo organized by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations on the right to privacy and opposition to the anti-conspiracy legislation, Cannataci said it was clear from the outset that the government headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had intended to have the bill passed by the Diet within 90 days, despite a slew of problems surrounding it.

Cannataci, a professor of privacy law at the University of Malta, was appointed special rapporteur by the Human Rights Council to provide an expert assessment on a country’s situation or specific human rights issue. The position is honorary and offers no remuneration.

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