U.N. panel tells Japan to compensate "comfort women"
Published on Jul 25, 2014 4:56 AM
GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel called on Japan on Thursday to undertake independent investigations of wartime sex slavery and apologise to the women who were victims before it was too late.
Some historians estimate that as many as 200,000 so-called comfort women, many from China and South Korea, were forced into the Imperial Japanese Army's brothels before and during World War II.
Last month, South Korea accused Japan of trying to undermine a landmark 1993 apology to the women when a Japanese panel reviewing the apology found that South Korea worked with Japan on its wording. China accused Japan of refusing to face up to its history, and even trying to "whitewash" it.
The U.N. Human Rights Committee, which was looking at the issue as part of a regularly scheduled review, said that all reparation claims brought by victims before Japanese courts have been dismissed, and all complaints seeking criminal investigations and prosecutions have been rejected on grounds of the statute of limitations.
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