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UNHCR Report calls for punishment of those responsible for violating “comfort women’s” human rights

Saturday morning’s Sankei reported that a report on Japan by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was released on Friday. The report will be used to assess the human rights situation in Japan during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council slated for November in Geneva. According to the paper, the report calls for an investigation into human rights violations concerning the comfort women issue and punishment of the perpetrators. A working group session to assess the human rights situation in Japan is planned for Nov. 14 and a recommendation is likely to be issued by the end of November. The paper said although the recommendation will not be legally binding, it may be used to criticize Japan.

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