• Press Release

“Comfort women” deal must not deny survivors justice

December 28, 2015

In response to the announcement that the Japanese and South Korean governments have reached an agreement on the issue of Japan's World War II military sexual slavery system, Hiroka Shoji, East Asia Researcher at Amnesty International said:

"Today's agreement must not mark the end of the road in securing justice for the hundreds of thousands of women who suffered due to Japan's military sexual slavery system. The women were missing from the negotiation table, and they must not be sold short in a deal that is more about political expediency than justice. Until the women get the full and unreserved apology from the Japanese government for the crimes committed against them, the fight for justice goes on."