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NGO Speech about “Comfort Women Issue” on 43rd Session of UN Human Rights Counsil

Thank you very much, Mr. Vice-President,

The foreign minister of ROK Kang Kyung brought the comfort women issue to this council for 3 consecutive years despite the bilateral agreement signed between Japan and ROK, stipulating "the comfort women issue has been resolved finally and irreversibly."

Japan paid about 9.3 million dollars from taxpayer's money to support comfort women based on the agreement in 2015. However, spending is unaccounted-for.

Last month, one of the former comfort women Lee Yong-soo held press conferences and said, “I’ve been exploited by YUN Mi-hyang” who used to be a leader of a comfort women supporting organization funded by ROK government and its citizens.

According to her, YUN Mi-hyang collected huge amounts of donations for 30 years, however, the donations were hardly used for former comfort women but used to purchase real estate properties for her own.

She also said that “Comfort women were not Sex-slaves.”

Recently, the ROK government ironically passed a resolution to make it illegal to “revise histories.”

History is not what is judged by the court.

Mr. Vice-President,

We request this Council to recommend to the ROK government,

1. Stop abusing elderly women for the monetary benefit and to bash Japan,

2. Disclose the use of funds donated by the Japanese government,

3. Stop Japan-bashing based on falsified stories and lies, and

4. Stop violating the bilateral agreement between Japan and ROK. Thank you very much, Mr. Vice-President.