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S. Korea activists to put 'comfort woman' statues in Asia, starting with Singapore

Published on Jan 23, 2013 4:26 PM
 
Two former "comfort women", Taiwanese Tao Cheng-Chen (centre), and Estelita B Dy (second from left) of the Philippines lay flowers to mourn the death of former "comfort women", during protests demanding Japan issue an official apology and justice, on International Human Rights Day in front of the building of the Interchange Association, Japan in Taipei on Dec 10, 2012. South Korean activists unveiled plans today to put up statues - commemorating women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan - in a number of Asian countries, starting with Singapore. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean activists unveiled plans today to put up statues - commemorating women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan - in a number of Asian countries, starting with Singapore.

Singapore would be the first Asian country other than South Korea to have such a memorial, said the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery.

The group was behind the bronze statue of a young girl with a butterfly settled on her shoulder that was put up in 2011 opposite the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

The figure represents the "comfort women" forced to service Japanese troops in brothels before and during World War II.

 
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