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Justice for sex slave survivors

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Justice for sex slave survivors


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The Japanese military set up the first rape center in Shanghai for the Japanese Navy in 1932. Starting with this, the Japanese military and government systematically set up rape centers wherever its military was stationed. Over 200,000 girls and women from East and Southeast Asia were taken by deception, threat, and abduction to rape centers. They were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military.

Starting with a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives in 2007, the EU and other countries passed similar resolutions urging the Japanese government to tackle this matter. But the Japanese government has never consistently claimed accountability for its use of sexual slavery in WWII, some leaders even claiming that there’s “no evidence” proving the forcible recruitment of 'comfort women'. Japan has also not properly compensated the victims, insisting that all payout claims were settled in postwar treaties with its former enemies.

The Japanese military sexual slavery system was a serious war crime and unless we bring justice to its survivors in all countries, similar war crimes against women could continue to occur in conflict areas. Recognising and addressing this historic injustice can be the foundation for peaceful relations between countries in the future. Let’s take action to show the seriousness of this issue to the members of the United Nations General Assembly.

Posted August 23, 2012
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