Former Sex Slaves File Petition to Nullify Japan-Korea Pact

A group of former “comfort women” has filed a petition with the Constitutional Court, looking to block the agreement reached between Korea and Japan in December saying that it violates their basic rights and is therefore unconstitutional.

“The Korean government neglected its constitutional duty by making it hard for the victims of wartime sexual slavery to demand compensation from Japan through the Seoul-Tokyo accord,” the organization said in a statement. “This tramples on the victims’ property rights, dignity and value as humans and rights to receive diplomatic protection from the government.”

The controversial agreement between the two countries, which was finalized on Dec. 28 was to be a “final and irrevocable” settlement of the issue of Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II.


According to the Korea Times, the Minbyun-Lawyers for a Democratic Society say that the 41-member group of plaintiffs they represent includes 29 former comfort women and family members of eight deceased victims


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