Seoul's foreign minister to raise 'comfort women' issue at UN Human Rights CouncilUpdated: 2014-03-05 14:02:40 KST
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will address the UN Human Rights Council later today 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 Minister Yun will give a speech in Geneva and call on Japan to compensate the victims of its wartime sexual slavery.
This is the first time since 2006 that Seoul's top diplomat will attend a UN Human Rights Council session.
The comfort women issue has strained relations between Korea and Japan, as high-profile Japanese politicians have continued to deny the wartime atrocities committed during its imperialist past.
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