Japan Urged to Take Victim-Centered Approach over Comfort Women


Paris, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--A U.N. committee on Thursday called on the Japanese government to resolve the issue of wartime comfort women with "a victim-centered approach."

In a report on its review of the human rights situation in Japan, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said it is "concerned" at reports that Japan's efforts to resolve the issue, including its 2015 accord with South Korea, "do not take a fully victim-centered approach."

"The committee recommends that the state party ensure a lasting solution to the issue of comfort women with a victim-centered approach, inclusive of comfort women of all nationalities, accepting responsibility for its role in the violation of the human rights of these women," the report said.

Also showing concern about "statements of some public officials minimizing the responsibility of the government" regarding the issue, the committee called on Japan to report "detailed information" on its efforts to resolve the matter, including "adequate measures to surviving comfort women and their families."

Comfort women refer to those, including Koreans, who were allegedly forced to provide sex to Japanese troops before and during World War II.

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