Japan urged to provide redress to victims of sexual slavery

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Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The human rights of women who were forced into sex slavery, as so-called "comfort women" by the Japanese army during World War II, continue to be violated today.

That's what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Ms Pillay profoundly regrets that Japan has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial and lasting solution of the issue even after she made an appeal to the government in 2010 to do so.

Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN human rights chief says a report recently commissioned by the Japanese government stated that it was not possible to confirm that women were forcibly recruited.

"Following the release of this report, there has been quite a lot of hate speech against these women and one group in Tokyo publicly declared that comfort women were not sex slave but wartime prostitutes. Now, these kinds of statements must cause tremendous agony to the women and the High Commissioner is worried and she is making it clear that the fact these issues surrounding these victims' right to justice have not been resolved, means that these victims continue to be victimized even in the present day."(25")

The UN human rights chief says it pains her to see that these courageous women, who have been fighting for their rights, are passing away one by one, without their rights restored and without receiving the reparation to which they are entitled.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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