UN human rights panel calls on Japan to provide public apology and compensation to its wartime sex slavery victimsUpdated: 2014-07-25 04:09:54 KST
A UN panel is urging Japan to provide a public apology and compensation to the victims of its wartime system of sex slavery.
The UN Human Rights Committee said Thursday that, after reviewing the records of several countries, it's concerned about the re-victimization of the former sex slavery victims.
The panel criticized the Japanese government for continuously denying its responsibility and even defaming the victims, rather than taking the necessary steps to help them.
The committee, made up of 18 independent experts, also noted that every compensation claim brought by victims has been dismissed, and every call to ask for independent investigation on the sex slavery has been rejected in Japan.
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The Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea
(Japanese: 日韓基本条約 (Nikkan Kihon Joyaku), was signed on June 22, 1965 to establish basic relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
In January 2005, the South Korean government disclosed 1,200 pages of diplomatic documents that recorded the proceeding of the treaty. The documents, kept secret for 40 years, recorded that South Korea agreed to demand no compensations, either at the government or individual level, after receiving $800 million in grants and soft loans from Japan as compensation for its 1910-1945 colonial rule in the treaty.