Foreign Affairs

Japan Urged to Settle Issue of Sexual Slavery

A spokesman for the Korean Committee on Measures for the Sexual Slavery for Japanese Army and Drafting Victims gave a statement to media on the 28th on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of the report on “wartime sexual slavery system”.

The statement said:

A report of the special rapporteur on “wartime sexual slavery system” was made public at the 52nd Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (the present UN Human Rights Council) in April 1996, demanding the Japanese government make efforts to solve the issue of sexual slavery. As soon as it was made public, the report evoked full support and sympathy of the broad international community as well as the victims and victim countries. It was recognized as an important document opposing violence to women and actively promoting the movement for defending human rights in the world.

Though 25 years has passed since the publication of the report, however, the Japanese government has done nothing for solving the issue of sexual slavery for the old Japanese army. It only tried to shift the state responsibility for the sexual slavery on to the privates by establishing the so-called “Asian People’s Peace Fund for Women” not admitted by the victims. It attempted to delete the records of sexual slavery in its school textbooks and deny the crimes themselves.

Japan must not make a miscalculation. With whatever tricks, Japan can never evade the responsibility for the sexual slavery and other nefarious state crimes which grossly violated the international law, ethics and morality. The harder Japan tries to avoid the responsibility, the stronger the world denunciation for it will be.

The Japanese government must clearly know the will of the victims and the international community for its reflection and compensation for all the past immoral crimes and liquidate the past crime-woven history before too late in response to the request of the international organizations and demand of the victims, the statement added.

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