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Remedying “enfoced sexual slavery”: Validating victims’ reparation claims against Japan.

Hong, Seong Phil
June 4, 2015

Source: (2013) Journal of East Asian & International Law. 6(1):175-194.

It has been over two decades since the Japanese practice of enforced sexual slavery
began to receive widespread attention. Yet despite numerous international efforts
to urge Japan to squarely acknowledge its moral and legal responsibility, there has
been no meaningful progress to resolve this matter. This work revisits the issue
of enforced sexual slavery as it stands today. The Japanese practice of enforced
sexual slavery was a clear violation of international law at the time. Therefore,
individual victims have valid legal claims for reparation against the Japanese
government. The first half of this article reconfirms the illegality of the practice
of enforced sexual slavery. The remainder summarizes and vindicates the claims
of the victims once again. This research suggests how to remedy the victims’
rights and discusses how to implement reparation. It also contends that Japan
owes reparations and legitimate remedial measures to the victims that go beyond
monetary compensation in line with the rules of contemporary international law. (excerpt)


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