Seoul's foreign minister to raise 'comfort women' issue at UN Human Rights CouncilUpdated: 2014-03-05 06:38:21 (KST)
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will address the UN Human Rights Council this week to raise the issue of the so-called "comfort women," or women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.
Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday Minister Yun will give a speech in Geneva on Wednesday local time to convey the country's stance on the human rights issue.
This is the first time since 2006, Seoul's top diplomat will attend a UN Human Rights Council session.
Minister Yun is expected to call on Japan to compensate the victims of its wartime program of military sexual slavery.
The move comes amid Tokyo's continued denials of its past wrongdoing.
Japanese media outlets recently quoted Japan's Senior Vice Minister of Education Yoshitaka Sakurada as saying that a 1993 apology for the sexual slavery system was fabricated, while calling for a re-examination of the supporting testimony.
The Kono Statement is an official apology issued by Tokyo's then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono to apologize for the atrocities Japan committed during its imperialist past.
Tokyo's right-wing Liberal Democratic Party said those who were foreign ministry officials at the time should be summoned regarding the testimony.
The LDP also said it will start a petition to call for a revision of the statement.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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