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ROK official says comfort women should be addressed as “universal human rights issue”

NHK reported at 3 p.m. that South Korea’s Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon said in an online meeting of the UN Human Rights Council held on Tuesday that the issue of the comfort women must be addressed as a “universal human rights issue” and that “the recurrence of such grave violations of human rights in conflicts must be prevented.” The senior ROK official also reportedly stressed that the South Korean government will “keep endeavoring to restore the dignity and honor of the comfort women victims … with a survivor-centered approach at the core.” The network noted, however, that the senior ROK official did not refer to the ruling by a South Korean court ordering the Japanese government to pay compensation to the comfort women and did not directly condemn the Japanese government. 

 

According to the network, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told the press today: “In light of the Japan-ROK agreement that confirmed that the comfort women issue has been resolved finally and irreversibly, such remarks are totally unacceptable. Ambassador Yamazaki, the Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva, made a protest to the South Korean side yesterday. We are planning to state Japan’s position on the matter appropriately at a later date by exercising our right to respond.”

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