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The Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK(ASSPUK),the Juche Idea Study Group of England(JISGE),the UK Korean Friendship Association(UK KFA) and the British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula (BSCPRKP) a statement in support of the article ' "Japan Can Never Evade Responsibility for Crime of Sexual Slavery" written by
Ri Hye Yong, a researcher at the Human Rights Division of the DPRK Institute of International Studies:
Japan is trying to dodge responsibility for the truly horrendous and grave crime of imposing sexual slavery on Korean women and women from other Asian countries . It was an unprecedented crime , an evil crimeand indeed an abnormal crime carried out by the Japanese imperialists,. As the article points out that when the words sexual slavery is mentioned , Japan instantly spring to mind.
The article provided very detailed evidence, including eye witness accounts , that it was a deliberate crime committed by the Japanese state . The Japanese imperialists have tried to cover up the crime and deny it was their responsiblity by making pitiful excuses that third parties carried out the crime or that somehow it was not coercive and other such rubbish . The article points out that " After World WarⅡ, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East officially branded the sex slavery by the Japanese military as a war crime, and the military tribunal, which was established in Hague, the Netherlands in 1948 found 12 officers of the Japanese army guilty and sentenced some of them to death."
This notwithstanding Japan has made many efforts to dodge and deny its responsiblity . It tried to object to UNESCO registering documents concerning sexual slavery and has objected to statues of girl victims of sexual slavery that have been put up in a number of countries.
The more that Japan tries to conceal and deny its grave crimes against humanity the greater the punishment should. Japan should make a proper apology and take measure to genuinely atone for its evil acts.
Our organisations support the just demands of the Korean people.
We urge that this article is given the widest possible readership and that the progressive people campaign against Japanese imperialism.