The internment of the Japanese between 1942 - 1946 took away the rights of Japanese in countless different categories. The first was that they were denied Habeas Corpus. Habeas Corpus means that when you are arrested, you have the right to know why you have been arrested and that you when brought to court, you have to be determined whether or not you have been imprisoned lawfully. The Japanese were "arrested" and taken away from their homes and put into internment camps when they had done nothing wrong, some even supported the American ways. Policemen took Japanese away without telling them why they had been arrested and they were not even put before a court to determine what they had done wrong, to determine what law they had broken. The Japanese people were suspected of spying and treason when the only evidence people had for this were rumors that weren't true, and the Japanese people were still being taken away from their homes and family and were being interned in places that no one would ever want to live. The Japanese were denied Habeas Corpus, thus being denied a right under the constitution, being denied a Civil Right.

Another way the rights of the Japanese were taken away was by their right to religious freedom. In the Internment camps, the Japanese were not allowed to practice one of their Eastern religious beliefs, the Shinto religion (Buddhism was also not allowed). The camp administrators encouraged Christianity and forced the Japanese to practice that religion. Under the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" this Amendment was not enforced during the internment of Japanese. The Japanese did not have the right to freedom of religion, yet another Civil Right being denied.

There are many other rights that were prohibited to the Japanese. A few of which, were also under the First Amendment. Freedom of speech and freedom of press were denied to the Japanese during 1942 - 1946. Japanese were denied freedom of speech and press when their native language (primarily Japanese) became prohibited. This meant that the Japanese could not speak Japanese in public meetings and they couldn't use their native language in newspapers. The camps were forcing English to be the primary language, whether it was to be used in public meetings, newspapers, gatherings, anything. More Civil Rights being denied.

The Constitution seemed like nothing to anybody in those days, except, of course, to the Japanese. Laws from the Constitution were being abridged and all the Japanese could do was sit back and watch as their lives became meaningless to most Americans. Japanese internment relates to Civil Rights because a Civil Rights are something you are born with, whether it be freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to vote, anything! Habeas Corpus and the fourteenth and fourth Amendments were not applied to the Japanese. Everybody has the same rights under all of the Amendments, it doesn't matter what race you are or what you believe in, a Civil Right is applied to everyone, but back in the days between 1942 - 1946, that didn't seem to be the case.